The Trapèze Washington is unique because unlike the traditional rope-hung trapeze,
it is built on a fixed metal frame and swings in a long pendulum motion. Being attached to
a revolving carousel, while descending from the grid at four feet per second, heightens
the degree of difficulty in this act. This segment fuses slack wire and tightrope elements
with the high technology of the Bellagio Theatre. The head-balancing portion of Anja's act
demands incredible balance and precision.
The Washington Trapeze performance is one of the more slow-paced acts of «O» and is
set to a wonderful piece of music. Unfortunately, it is not available on the show's
CD, but you can find a version of it on "Journey of Man" -- it is the title track.
The Washington Trapeze is a unique piece of equipment because it is built on a metal
frame and swings in a pendulum motion, instead of a more traditional rope-hung trapeze.
The artist here takes great care with her graze and mezmerizes us all when she balances
on her head and lets go of the apparatus. Swining in mid-air, she is undaunted and does
it again... and again!