This term is used to describe any kind of gymnastics performance that poses a high coordinative and conditional challenge to the performers. An acrobat or artist is an artist who performs the various forms of acrobatics (ground acrobatics, aerial acrobatics and transitional forms) with spectacular ease, often combined with amazing tricks.
The term antipodes is dericed from ancient Greek and is composed of: anti – “against” and poús – “foot”. For these types of artists the world is, so to speak, turned upside down. In their performances, they are directed with their feet toward the ground, and juggle, for instance, on a pedestal, or a chair, spectacularly on or with the feet in the air.
Artistry is the general term which is used for all kinds of exceptional physical and / or intellectual artistic performances which cannot be clearly assigned to another category of art or music, such as acrobats, ventriloquists, clowns, jugglers, magicians, fire-eaters and so on.
Decipline, precision, exoticism these are terms which stand as a symbol for Asian artistry. With colourful far-eastern costumes, the artists perform a wide range of acts, ranging from the legendary pigtail, the tiger jumping through a ring with sabres, to contortionism in the different formations.
This term is derived from the Italian balletto and means in German dance. In classic as well as modern ballet, the actor’s present dance and acrobatic top-performances, which are almost danced in the form of a story and depending on the frame of the event a suitable music composition, choreography as well as stage design, requisites and classic or fancy costumes, are created.
Contortionist /Contortion atistry
Contortionism is the art of extreme flexibility of an artist´s body, which is also referred to as a snake person. Contortionists usually brings an unusual natural agility, which nevertheless requires years of daily training (from a young age towards), to finally be able to perform the breath-taking and extraordinary acrobatic distortions and twists – in seemingly playful lightness.
Viewed from the side, the diabolo requisite looks like an hourglass. In the past, children have used unrolled thread spools and let them dance on cords. What the present artists have made of this art is simply impressive. Dancing and jumping diabolo roles on the rope as well as extraordinary choreographies and breath-taking speeds let one doubt the laws of gravity.
This artistic genre it’s about the artistry to keep oneself and possibly one or several partners or a requisite in equilibrium even under the most difficult conditions. This may be carried out on the ground, on a high wire, or on various requisites such as on a rod or unicycle.
Gym wheel / Aero wheel / Cyr wheel
These two wheel props come from the sporting competition. While the cyr wheel is one of the youngest modern stylistic requisites and, in contrast to the gym wheel, which consist of two tires (connected to several rungs) has only one steel tube tire. The cyr wheel is produced precisely to the artist, while in the aero wheel also several artists can present their eye-catching partner acrobatics.
The performer of this artistry genre have specialize themselves that one of a couple is lying on his back (the antipodes) on an oblique padded lounge (trinka or couchette) juggles his partner (upper person / flyer) with his feet and in the air almost without breaks, while in the turn he makes various jump combinations and somersault. This art form is also called “ikarian games” and is considered as one of the most difficult of the acrbotics / artistics.
This artistic form is an important part of many variety programs and is often combined with other artistic genres. The artists juggle with rings, balls, hats, cigar boxes, clubs or similar thinks and often show amazing performances. Also unusual jugglers e.g. with burning torches or with light bars, which have a magical effect in the black light, fascinate the audience.
This kind of artistic performance means a very special kind of puppet-dance, in which an artist, so to speak, standing on all fours – that is to say, the artists hands stuck in shoes also – in a costume, which represents two figures, acrobatic top performances full of tempo, difficulty and humour. This art form belongs to the old juggler festivals and folk festivals and comes from Central Russia, from the Nanaian people, who created this genre.
The term „perche“ comes from the French and is originally used for bar. In the art of “perche artistry” requisites of different forms, from a simple bar with a length of up to 10 meters, up to string-shaped are used. These are balanced by an artist (the “underman”) on the forehead, chin, shoulder, even with the teeth, but also in the belt, with the knees or feet in the height, while one or more “upper men” on the perche perform daring feats from the equilibrium or even the acrobatic areas.
Roller skate acrobatics / skate show
The roller-skate acrobats presents fascinating daring artistic excellence with dizzying pace. Full of elegance and grace present these artists (usually in pairs) spectacular acts on a mini-stage such as the so called “dental vertebra”, which simply left the audience breathless.
Power acrobats impress with their extraordinary power and simultaneous grace, with which they perform various force acts with spectacular balancing and handstand elements in precise and supple presentation, in apparent weightlessness.
The straps are among the requisites of a special subcategory of aerial acrobatics. The term comes from the Italian and means tear away. The bands or jumping cords, which are fastened to the ceiling, are equipped with adjustable hand and / or foot loops. These are used to hold the artists with their daring twists and jumps in the depth at the wrist joint and / or ankle joint.
Tightrope dance / Rope artistry
Tightrope artists fascinate their audience with their playful balancing on different types of ropes, such as a thin tensioned wire rope or a slack rope. The artistic performances can be combined with acrobatic elements as well as the inclusion of various requisites and juggling elements. On smaller stages, the height is generally around 1,5 meters, while the high rope is used of the spectacular tightrope artists, especially like the Traber family, for large stages and open air events.
The trapeze is one of the especially spectacular requisite of aerial acrobatics consisting of two ropes and a pole. When the artists present their daring artifices on it – at a dangerous height – this creates among the spectators the famous breathlessness.
Verticalrope / Verticalcloth
The artistry of vertically hanging ropes or clothes is part of the aerial acrobatics. This art is often performed by graceful artists who show the most demanding acrobatic performances, in apparently lightness, and create a charming, dreamy atmosphere.