Valérie Inertie, first female performer with the cyr wheel, trained at the Cirque du Soleil. (X)

The Sumerians invented the wheel circa 3300 BC. The wheel was an extraordinary invention that would change the course of human history. Daniel Cyr, Cirque Éloize Co-Founder, designed the Cyr Wheel in 2003 AD. The Cyr Wheel is as simple in shape as it is to use – a device that allows circus performers to execute a virtually infinite number of acrobatic figures, each more complex and awe-inspiring than the last. Since its inauguration at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 2003, where Daniel Cyr won the Silver Medal for his Cyr Wheel number, it has dazzled spectators in the Cirque Éloize shows entitled Nomade, Rain and iD, as well as in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, and during the closing ceremonies for the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin.

- Daniel Cyr, designer of the Cyr Wheel and its technique

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