CRANE, inspired by Japanese images of the crane and the lotus, is based on the Buddhist concept that beauty can grow out of, and thrive amongst chaos and suffering. CRANE, a twenty-minute piece for six dancers, premiered in India in 2002 to live music performed by musicians from India, Japan, Italy and the US. DeAnna performed in the US premiere at The Dance Theater at Boston University in June, 2005.
HAAAA is a dance for five people, inspired by the experience of pregnancy and childbirth. It incorporates an American Sign Language poem which can be interpreted as follows: GENERATIONS-BLOOD-OCEAN-ALL-FIT-TOGETHER-CONNECT-CONNECT BACK IN TIME. This poem is layered onto movement to imply the sign for “tide”. The dance also incorporates the sign for “breath”, “gather”, and the South Indian classical dance gesture for “goddess”.