Drawing on inspiration from the many wedding chapels throughout Las Vegas, the church
bell atop the largest swing calls all to join the honeymoon celebration…life, love and death. The
cast includes expert divers using three sets of Russian Swings. The swinging movement creates a
different trajectory of flight creating a unique challenge even for the seasoned diver. Moving f
rom the initial point of ground level to the highest point of 32 feet creates a momentary
weightlessness at zero gravity, followed by tremendous acceleration down to the water.
Performed to an infectious tune: "Simcha" (and usually "Tzelma" is mistakenly identified here
because it originally accompanied this act), the tune is a happy one, calling all to come and
celebrate! The Russian Swing can be made of wood or metal (but in this case, it is metal) and
has the ability to catapult a performer 30 plus feet in the air. The apparatus swings in a
pendulum-like motion and is powered by one, two or more spotters riding "in the back". The
apparatus acquired its name due to its appearance: it looks like a simple playground swing!
When you add water, mist and more than one of these contraptions to the mixture of this
performance, a very interesting performance ensues!
The Russian Swings weigh 1200 pounds each and are constructed of chromally
and stainless steel. The swing in the center is two pieces.