rigging, designed by troupe leader, George Caceres, is four feet taller than
the average trapeze setup allowing as many as four flyers at the same time –
two on high bars and two below and can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth®.
Flying Caceres will present the wildly difficult forward triple somersault
and the first worldwide attempt of a full twisting double bar-to-bar
is a third-generation circus performer and his father, Miguel, who originally
created the Flying Caceres, also toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® 30 years ago for
the 112th Edition.
Double Decker Trapeze
performer, George Caceres and his high-flying trapeze troupe, The Flying Caceres, will amaze audiences
with their unique double-decker trapeze in Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS. In the 142nd Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth®, they will present the
wildly difficult forward triple somersault and in the first worldwide attempt, George
Caceres will undertake a full twisting double bar-to-bar somersault.
The Flying Caceres troupe was
established by George’s father, Miguel, when he and his wife Luz came from
Colombia, South America to join the 112th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. An
accomplished trapeze artist, Miguel is highly respected within the circus
world. He achieved a great feat while
touring with The Greatest Show On Earth considered impossible for all
but a few; Miguel caught the legendary
triple somersault as well as the triple and one-half somersault consecutively
in each performance during the run of the entire tour.
was inevitable that George would follow in his father’s footsteps. George began
training on the trapeze at the age of four, and was the youngest trapeze artist
ever to have participated in The International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo.
It wasn’t long before he became one of the youngest people ever to catch a
triple somersault George, who has been “flying” for over 25 years has molded
his body for life in the air. “It takes dedication, preparation, and paying
attention to the small things that keep your body healthy,” explains George.
An innovator like his father, George
developed, and built a portable version of a trapeze rig that could only be
used in a permanent establishment. The rigging that is four feet taller than
the average trapeze setup, allows the troupe to have as many as four of the
seven members flying vertically and diagonally at the same time – two on high
bars and two below – while the remaining three are preparing for the next
incredible aerial feat.
“We represent a new generation of
flyers who are pushing the limits of what’s been done,” explains George. “Ours
is probably the most difficult and intricate flying act in the world. Every
moment is critical for us which means that everyone has to stay focused,” he
George is proud of his troupe and
is excited to be able to pay homage to Jules Leotard, the inventor of the
flying trapeze 150 years ago, “We are the only flying act today that still
performs trapeze in the manner it was invented.
Not many realize that the catcher wasn’t created until a few decades
after the trapeze,” explains George. George will be touring with six other troupe members, all of whom were
personally recruited by him. George’s mother, Luz, who is the head of wardrobe
for this tour of Ringling Bros.
also travels with the
unit. Each member of the troupe is
excited to be on the new tour with Ringling
Bros., George affirms, “The performance is the high; the opportunity to do
the impossible before thousands of people is an amazing feeling. Everyone in the group has a burning desire to
be here and our act will definitely have the crowd wanting more.”