W atch in amazement as a muscled figure grasps a heavy rope dangling meters from the ceiling, and proceeds to climb like a monkey, swiftly reaching a height that would have your head spinning.
Rapidly winding the rope about themselves, they throw themselves backwards in a spine tingling swan dive! They tumble, spin and pose gracefully in seemingly impossible positions – defying gravity and death in a dance of strength and danger!
The spanish web is a long, cloth covered rope with a loop attached near the top that a circus performer climbs and inserts either their foot or their wrist into the loop.
A spinner, or web sitter, on the ground spins the rope, and centrifugal force holds the performer mostly horizontal as they move their bodies in relation to the rope.
Variations on the form
- Spanish web is often combined with Corde Lisse where the performer uses the rope without it being spun.
- Performers dance up and down the web, wrapping different knots around themselves, allowing spectacular drops and various positions.
- The combination of corde lisse and spinning allows the performer to create different levels and elevations of performance, and is a stunning and heart thumping routine!
- Fire web is a unique development of spanish web performance where the "web" is replaced with a flaming chain. This is a routine demanding perfect timing and enormous skill from all performers involved.
Spanish web and corde lisse can be rigged on a single point, so needs only a load bearing beam, RSJ, fly bar, crane, to a safety factor of 1:10. We can also supply our own free-standing truss system.
The working height can be anything from 4m or above.
Contact Tom Beauchamp to arrange a booking for a Spanish Web act or for any inquiries. We specialise in coordinating acts and production requirements to deliver a fantastic event!