A trapeze is an aerial apparatus that is a short horizontal bar hung by
ropes or metal straps from a support and are commonly found in circus performance.
Trapeze acts may be static, spinning, swinging or flying, and may be performed
solo, double, or as a group act. The performance was invented in 1859 by a
Frenchman named Jules Léotard, who connected a bar to some ventilator cords
above the swimming pool in his father's gymnasium in Toulouse, France. After
practicing tricks above the pool, Leotard performed his act in the Cirque Napoleon
(now known as the Cirque d'hiver). The traditional flier's costume, the leotard,
is named after him.
This year Cirque du Soleil has employed a single swinging trapeze number, which
the performer (Rebecca) deftly uses to execute several dynamic and precisely-timed
movement requiring a great deal of strength, grace, and flexibility.