DeAnna's aerial performances blend aerial work seamlessly with dance - intense and complex physical mechanics are masked as captivating moving sculpture. Performers climb, swing, spin, fall and hover over the ground 12 - 20 feet below, creating evocative solos and duets which can be performed on stage, in public spaces and at special events.
DeAnna collaborates with Lynda Reiman, fellow aerialist and aerial rig designer who is currently creating all of her aerial dance apparatus. Lynda has a talent for taking ordinary, every day objects and transforming them into vehicles for flight. DeAnna makes aerial performances, mostly on ropes and bungees, but also on anything Lynda dreams up including life-sized picture frames, giant wheels and fabric slings.
DeAnna has trained in various forms of aerial dance including low-flying trapeze, static trapeze, fabric sling, ropes and silks. She has also done harness work with Flying by Foy, well known masters of theatrical flight, using the patented Track On Track system, which allows two operators to independently control lift and travel of the aerial performer. DeAnna first became addicted to flying while working with Bennett Dance Company on THE NET. In THE NET dancers navigate a giant wall of ropes, 18 feet high by 26 feet wide. The web-like terrain provides a challenging landscape for the dancers to traverse, and the free hanging ladders and ropes allow them the ability to become airborne. DeAnna has also performed aerial work with Ipswich Moving Company (ropes and fabric sling) and Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works (low-flying trapeze). DeAnna has taught aerial dance at Concord Academy, Salem State College, andcurrrently at Boston University.
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