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WHAT IS CYR WHEEL? | Circus Arts

WHAT IS CYR WHEEL? | Circus Arts


in this video we will talk about the cyr wheel The Cyr wheel (also known as roue Cyr, mono wheel or single wheel) is an acrobatic device consisting of a single large ring made of aluminum or steel with a diameter of approximately 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) taller than the artist. The interpreter stands inside the Cyr wheel and grabs its rim, causing it to roll and turn gyroscopically while performing acrobatic movements on and around the spinning wheel. The apparatus and its vocabulary of movement have some similarities with the German wheel, but while the German wheel consists of two large rings joined by horizontal crossbars and has handles for the performer to hold on, the modern Cyr wheel consists of a single ring And it has no handles. The Cyr wheel takes its name from Daniel Cyr, who reinvented it as a circus apparatus at the end of the 20th century. There are records of people who used a similar device as a sports equipment during the mid-20th century in Germany where it was known as Einreifen or mono wheel, which was developed by Adalbert von Rekowski as a variation of Otto Feick’s popular Rhönrad. Around 1996, the wheel was reinvented and developed as a circus apparatus by Daniel Cyr, a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal and co-founder of the contemporary circus company Cirque Éloize. Cyr says the idea came from a large hula hoop and an old circular wrought iron clothes rack. Its design for the wheel went through several iterations, evolving from steel to aluminum adding a PVC coating, and eventually implementing a multi-piece design that could be disassembled for easy transport. Cyr performed for the first time with the device in the Cirque Éloize production of Excentricus which toured North America, Europe and Asia between 1997 and 2002. Subsequently, he presented Circus Cyr at the 2003 Mondial du Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris and won the silver medal for his performance. Since its recent popularization as a circus skill, hundreds of circus artists from around the world have performed at the wheel and are now taught in several major circus schools. The USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation and the International Rhoenradturnen Verband with the significant assistance of coaches and athletes from the École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, developed rules for the Cyr wheel competition. The first competition of this type was held in Chicago in October 2011 and the first world championship in the Cyr wheel competition was held during the 10th Wheel Gymnastics World Championships, from July 7 to 14, 2013 in Chicago. Professional circus schools that offer advanced training in the Cyr wheel include: the Higher School of Circus Arts (ESAC) in Belgium, the National Center for Circus Arts in the United Kingdom, the National Center for Circus Arts (CNAC) in France and the École nationale de cirque in Montreal. Cyr wheels are usually made of stainless steel tubes or aluminum tubes approximately 1.5 inches (38 mm) in diameter. They are often made up of 3 or 5 individual pieces fixed together by steel or aluminum couplings. They can be painted and covered with a non-slip plastic coating to add friction and protect the metal. Smaller wheels spin faster, work better for smaller spaces and make “hands-free” tricks easier than larger wheels. The larger wheels are more elegant and there is more room for suspensions. well that is all for this video, if you like it, please like, share and subscribe

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