While Flying Trapeze continues to gain popularity worldwide, Bar-to-Bar rigs remain something of a rarity, existing in only a few schools in Europe and a couple of professional acts. But it is actually the original form of flying trapeze, invented by Jules Leotard in the 1860s (catchers came later).
Bar-to-Bar rigs different from a standard 'Bar-to-Catcher' layout in that they have no catcher, and two facing platforms with two fly bars. Flyers perform their tricks on one of the fly bars and then instead of being caught by the catcher, they catch the other fly bar which has been set swinging by a helper on the opposite platform. The vast majority of tricks that are possible with a catcher are also possible on this type of rig.
There is a lot to love about it:
If you are interested in finding out more, you can find a free downloadable information sheet in the Resources Section.
You can discover this rare variant of flying trapeze at the following schools: