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Corde lisse is an aerial circus skill or act that involves acrobatics on a vertically hanging rope. The name is French for “smooth rope”.

Corde lisse moves are normally a combination of held postures and drops using ropes normally made from soft cotton about 25-30mm thick. The technique is closely related to bothsilks, another aerial circus skill performed on one or two long strips of strong fabric, often in bright colours, and Spanish web. It requires great skill and strength. Performers do not have any kind of safety net or safety line, relying on their own strength and ability to prevent a fall.

It is possible for two (or more) people to perform on the same rope, although more than two is rare. The performers can hang off each other or be at different heights on the rope.


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