What is the Cyr Wheel?


For those who aren’t familiar with all things circus we thought we’d explain a few of the lesser known circus skills used in some of the Circus City shows.

First up the Cyr wheel.

If you haven’t seen it before a Cyr wheel, is a large metal ring that rotates like a gyroscope as the person ‘spins’ it. It acts in a similar way to a coin/penny spinning but every movement and motion is caused by the performer. It’s sometimes called a roue Cyr, mono wheel, and consists of a single large, metal hoop with the acrobat spinning inside the wheel while manoeuvring around the stage.

There is evidence that something very similar was used in the 19th and 20th centuries but the Cyr wheel was made popular as a circus skill by numerous acrobats and circus artists during the 1990s. And later by Daniel Cyr in 2003, who presented the first Cyr wheel circus act at the 2003 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. Cyr’s name has been synonymous the wheel ever since.

Watch some great cyr wheel in action here: https://youtu.be/plaHRwP7CFw

Want to see more?
Cyr wheel is used in the incredible Bromance 21 – 23 Oct 7.30pm and 2.30pm at Trinity Centre, find out more and book here: http://www.bristolcircuscity.com/events/