trapeze – point of view video

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1/1-in triple back – Grisha Alkhov

Cirque du Soleil tumbler on Power Track.

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via coach Matt Sparks

Lyn Heward on Artistry

The former Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil, who has spent the better part of two decades helping create the spectacle of one of the world-renowned circus, has teamed with music specialist Lasse Nettum of the Norwegian College of Sports Science in Oslo to re-infuse artistry into Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

Through a series of Artistry Workshops, given at FIG World Championship events beginning in 2013, Heward and Nettum have attempted to guide judges and coaches in the creation of original, artistic works, particularly on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise …

Interview: Lyn Heward

That’s an excellent read. I agree with Lyn Heward, of course.

And I’ve seen some of the material from those presentations. Very interesting. But I’ve not yet seen any of them posted online.

The problem is evaluating artistry in Artistic Gymnastics. I’m not convinced it’s possible. No panel of judges will be consistently able to arrive at the same “Artistry deductions” from meet-to-meet. :-(

Brenna Dowell
Brenna Dowell

Since it’s impossible, my proposal is not to include artistry in the Code of Points. Instead the judges or – better – a computer video program – deduct only those things that can be reliably evaluated: height, distance, line, leg position, elbows, etc.

Brenna Dowell can keep her feet stretched on Tkachevs. The great majority who cannot should be deducted.

related – The artistry question

Cirque Broadway Bound

… planning to take over a Broadway stage for a long-running production that combines musical theater and acrobatics.

The company, which was acquired this spring by a group of private equity investors, said that the production, to be called “Paramour,” represented one step in a broader effort to expand its presence in New York and in the world of theater. Cirque plans to spend $25 million to mount the show at the Lyric Theater, one of the largest Broadway houses, and said it would run indefinitely after opening next spring.

The company is also working with NBC on a televised production of “The Wiz,” which is aiming for Broadway during the 2016-17 season, and is planning to bring one of its traveling big-tent shows, “Kurios,” to New York late next year. …

Cirque du Soleil Show Is Broadway Bound


Alex Seifert – circus tumbling

Alex Seifert has been a star with Cirque’s La Nouba in Florida for many years now. One of the tallest, most elegant tumblers.

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Follow him on instagramasseif.

Cirque audition – Orlando, Florida

Cirque du Soleil is seeking new talent for its current shows and upcoming creations.

The Casting team will be hosting an open audition for athletes in Orlando, Florida, USA on September 5, 2015 for the following disciplines:

WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS (Uneven bars and Floor);
MEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS (High bar, parallel bars, floor and rings);
Trampoline gymnastics;
Tumbling gymnastics;
Cheerleading (Stunt).

Cirque audition


(via Cirque Casting on Facebook)

World Gymnaestrada 2015 – highlights slideshow

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(via Rec Gymnastics)