Liza is an aerialist, producer, director, and circus educator based in New Orleans. She specializes in static trapeze, rope, and sculptural apparatus, and also performs aerial silks, hoop, and hammock. Liza has a dance and gymnastics background and dabbles in floor acrobatics, handbalancing, and object manipulation. She often produces, choreographs, directs her own work and that of others. She is the founding director of Fly Circus Space, LLC.
She's been called "the Grande Dame of New Orleans circus", but Liza is originally from Austin, TX, where she began her contemporary dance training with Darla Johnson in 1996. She co-founded her first company, REALM danceproject, at 19 years old. She spent ten years performing and studying in New York and L.A. with Deborah Hay, Jacques Heim, and many remarkable artists and colleagues at Dance New Amsterdam, and training on aerial apparatus with Elie Venezky, Elsie and Serenity Smith, Eric Newton, Terry Crane, and others.
She moved to Seattle in 2008, where she worked with Manifold Motion, the Aerialistas, the Atomic Bombshells, Lily Verlaine, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the Moisture Festival, avant cellist Zoe Keating, Mezzo Lunatico for Teatro ZinZanni, Can Can Productions, and the Acrobatic Conundrum.
In 2009, Liza co-founded ticktock, an unabashedly experimental post-modern aerial circus and dance company whose mission was to bring contemporary dance to a vertical stage. Their first work, "no.1", was acclaimed by Seattle critics as "remarkably different" and "aerial works that transcend the usual collection of feats and tricks" (Josh Windsor, seattledances.com).
Liza has been granted residencies at the prestigious Theatre Makers Residency at the Smoke Farm, Emerald City Trapeze Arts, and FRED Wildlife Refuge to create new work. She was the dance and aerial lead for Fhysical Graffiti at FRED Wildlife Refuge, a performance happening featuring 18 artists of different disciplines, built around the music of bounce artist Vockah Redu. She choreographed The Way Out, a contemporary circus show for eight performers, directed by Terry Crane for the Acrobatic Conundrum, which made it's national premiere on the main stage at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival in 2014. Seattle also gave Liza the opportunity to grow as a teaching artist by joining the staff at Versatile Arts from 2010-2013.
Liza relocated to New Orleans in 2013 after falling in love with the city and its vivacious community of brilliant creative people, and hit the ground running. She was featured as an aerialist on American Horror Story: Freakshow in 2014. She began producing the monthly Fly Movement Salon in January 2015, and then co-founded Cirque Copine, the city's first and only all-lady circus, in May. 2016 was a banner year that saw Liza travel to New York to compete as a finalist in the US Aerial Championships, and then go on to open her own studio, Fly Circus Space, LLC.
Liza is passionately committed to advancing the art of aerial movement beyond the realm of feats and tricks to a place that demands the fullest awareness of the body in performance. She believes in circus, loves a good artistic or physical challenge, and is always excited to collaborate.
She teaches locally at Fly Circus Space, and often travels for teaching engagements and short contracts.
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