About

A triple threat plus one: Liz Williams is a quadruple threat. She dances, she acts, she sings and most importantly, she thrills the audience flying and floating through the air with her dynamic aerial skills. Blending her years of dance and theater training with her self-taught aerial circus training, she will take you on an emotional journey.  Her liquid delicacy is juxtaposed with her dynamic strength. She will surprise and mesmerize you at every turn.

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Liz Williams

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A triple threat plus one: Liz Williams is a quadruple threat. She dances, she acts, she sings and most importantly, she thrills the audience flying and floating through the air with her dynamic aerial skills. Blending her years of dance and theater training with her self-taught aerial circus training, she will take you on an emotional journey. Her liquid delicacy is juxtaposed with her dynamic strength. She will surprise and mesmerize you at every turn.

A native Floridian, she began her dance training the PCCA Performing Arts high school. Moving to New York, she continued training at the State University of New York Conservatory of Dance, Purchase, NY, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her studies included ballet, contemporary/modern dance, choreography, improvisation, music, singing, acting, yoga, and anatomy. Remaining in New York City following graduation, she danced for various choreographers including David Grenke, Rebecca Hilton and Howard Katz. She also studied ballet intensively with Janet Panetta.

Through a strange and unexpected opportunity, Liz found herself on a 90 ft sailing barge, learning aerial tissue/silks and touring the eastern United States with the Caravan Stage Company. During this time she fell in love with circus arts and, determined to learn more, moved to Berlin, Germany, where she continues to work and develop as an aerial artist.

Since then she has performed in the all the major german variety theatres, countless corporate events and many weird and wonderful shows, including musical and dance theater. Liz brings grace, power, and drama to the stage. Her innovative work integrates the worlds of dance, theater, and media with the world of contemporary circus.

Vita

Vita

EDUCATION

State University of New York Conservatory of Dance, BFA Dance Performance, Cum Laude, merit scholarship
Certified Instructor Gyrotonic Expansion System, NYC
Ballet: Janet Panetta, NYC
Contemporary dance: Howard Katz, NYC, Berlin
Acting: Susan Slavin Academy of Acting and Singing, Alec Rubin, NYC
Singing: Christopher North, NYC; Robin Lynn Gooch, Berlin
Shore Kempo Karate: Marc Trivanti, NYC
Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis: Louise Meshkoff, William Hedberg, Jurgen Bamburger, NY, FL


MAIN APPARATUS

Tissue (Silks)
Aerial Chains
Vertical Rope
Counterweight Rope Duo


RELATED EXPERIENCE

Rope and Harness work/wall dance
Poi/Fire dancing
Swimming
Rock Climbing
 

Wild, twirling, and with chains we love Elizabeth Williams. First gently, and then dancing with a crash, she writhes in dance at the glistening chains. Shooting devilishly into to the abyss.
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Acts

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Chains

A strong image, hard, cold chains, twirling through space with monumental strength, juxtaposed with a small delicate woman who manipulates them with exquisite precision.  They are a stormy partner in her elegant dance. This emotionally charged experience will surprise and seduce with quick flashes of explosive dynamism, which will leave your head spinning and hypnotize you with gentle, fluid solace...

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Chains

A strong image, hard, cold chains, twirling through space with monumental strength, juxtaposed with a small delicate woman who manipulates them with exquisite precision.  They are a stormy partner in her elegant dance. This emotionally charged experience will surprise and seduce with quick flashes of explosive dynamism, which will leave your head spinning and hypnotize you with gentle, fluid solace...

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Tissue

Transported back to the smokey, jazzy atmosphere of the 1940s, the voice of Nina Simone compels a woman to gracefully climb a red fabric to heaven, only to suddenly drop her into the wild and dynamic rock-n-roll of Muse. Playful and charming, sensual and seductive, ethereal and physical, she moves seamlessly between the two worlds coaxing the audience into ‘Felling Good’!

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Tissue

Transported back to the smokey, jazzy atmosphere of the 1940s, the voice of Nina Simone compels a woman to gracefully climb a red fabric to heaven, only to suddenly drop her into the wild and dynamic rock-n-roll of Muse. Playful and charming, sensual and seductive, ethereal and physical, she moves seamlessly between the two worlds coaxing the audience into ‘Felling Good’!

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Vertical Rope

In a slow and spiraling accent, the rope begins to restrain the performer until she is entwined in a complicated sculptural knot. In the blink of an eye, she has magically freed herself. (Or has the rope released her?) In this poetic metaphor of freed and control, a dramatic story of ecstasy and torture unfolds. A continuous eb and flow of knotting and unknotting, beautiful, ephemeral rope sculptures are created and disappear.  A dynamic ending leaves you wondering what freedom is.

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Vertical Rope

In a slow and spiraling accent, the rope begins to restrain the performer until she is entwined in a complicated sculptural knot. In the blink of an eye, she has magically freed herself. (Or has the rope released her?) In this poetic metaphor of freed and control, a dramatic story of ecstasy and torture unfolds. A continuous eb and flow of knotting and unknotting, beautiful, ephemeral rope sculptures are created and disappear.  A dynamic ending leaves you wondering what freedom is.

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Counterweight

Together with her partner, Howard Katz, Liz creates shows using the aerial apparatus,counterweight rope. Their shows blend aerial acrobatics, dance, theater and live music into one seemless expression.

The two performers are connected by a long rope, through 2 pulleys. Balanced on the precarious and fragile strength of the human hand, without the other, one would fall and yet with the other, both can fly. Employing the wire techniques used in film stunts, the two dance, swing, jump, and fly, sweeping the space with dangerous beauty.

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Counterweight

Together with her partner, Howard Katz, Liz creates shows using the aerial apparatus,counterweight rope. Their shows blend aerial acrobatics, dance, theater and live music into one seemless expression.

The two performers are connected by a long rope, through 2 pulleys. Balanced on the precarious and fragile strength of the human hand, without the other, one would fall and yet with the other, both can fly. Employing the wire techniques used in film stunts, the two dance, swing, jump, and fly, sweeping the space with dangerous beauty.

Liz has been performing and working with many renowned companies, including:

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Full list of references

References

VARIETE THEATERS

Friedrichsbau Varieté
Wintergarten Variete- Forever Young Rock Variete, All Night Long, Furioso
Chamaeleon Variete- MyLife, Soap
Krystallpalast Variete
GOP (Bad Oyenhausen, Bremen, Essen, Hannover, Munich, Bonn)
Cafe Hahn Christmas Variete
Et Cetera Variete
Konzertscheune Calden Winter Variete
Rantastic Theater Christmas Variete
TUI Cruise Line
Scala Variete

DANCE, THEATER AND PERFORMANCE COMPANIES & SHOWS

Rocky Horror Show – Stadttheater Ingolstadt
Battle Royal
Balagan
LaSpinna & Friends
Tanja & Frida Company
Wingmen Company
HKF Projects (Howard Katz)
Thingsezisee’m Dance Theater Company (David Grenke)
Caravan Stage Company
Wire Monkey Dancer
Budoflux multimedia performance and martial arts (Howard Katz, Marc Travanti)
SCRAP Performance Group (Eric Schoeffer)

GALAS AND FESTIVALS

Gauklerfest Koblenz
Berlin Circus Festival
Festival der Traume, Innsbruck
Schloss Broellin
UAE 41st National Day Celebration
Scalaria
TK
Caterpillar International Messe
3 International Variety Festival “Dirk Denzer´s Magic Moments”
Flensburger
Hillside Su Resort Hotel
Tesa
Architektenkammer
Beiersdorf
Bajazzo Künstlerfest
Sommer Zauber Fest

PRODUCTION & CHOREOGRAPHY

‘NOIR’ A Circus of Love Songs, Chamaeleon Theater – Producer, Choreographic Assistant, Performer
Krystallpalast ‘Mann-oh-Mann’ – Choreographer
Friedrichstadtpalast ‘Show Me’ – Aerial Choreographer
Movement Research at the Judson Church, NYC – Choreographer
In the Comapny of Women, NYC – Choreographer
SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, NY – Choreographer
TUI Cruise Line – Artistic Coaching and Choreography

Teaching

Liz offers private coaching and group classes at Q Space Berlin:

  • Aerial Fitness

    Get fit the fun way!

    Aerial silks class offers a stimulating way to exercise and keep fit. The focus is on the gradual development and safe progression of aerial skills in a supportive, friendly and fun environment for beginners and more experienced aerialists.  This is an all-inclusive, mixed class for both men and women, at any skill or fitness level.
    This class includes a yoga-based warm up and focuses on core strengthening and awareness.  The class will also include flexibility training and conditioning.

    No experience is required.

  • Kids Aerial Courses

    Children from 8 years and above, learn acrobatic postures on a trapeze, vertical silks or rope. Aerial Aerobic exercise promotes strength, mobility and coordination. In a group, the children hav the chance to be creative together and choreograph their own small sequences on the acrobatic devices.

  • Performance & Movement Coaching

    Move like a dancer. Learn simple techniques to help with smooth transitions, define movement qualities and enhance individual strengths.  Whether in the air or on the ground, enhance your peformance presence with one on one coaching.  These sessions incorporate tools from dance and theater to offer support in poetic composition, creative problem solving, and devising tricks for the individual artist, circus and dance companies.

  • Personal Training- Gyrotonic, Kundalini and Astanga Yoga

    Liz offers a wholistic approach to fitness. In her personal training sessions and classes, she draws from her education in Gyrotonic, Kundalini and Astanga Yoga, as well as her years as a professional dancer and aerial acrobat. Her focus lies in the overall wellbeing for her clients, while improving their strength, flexibility and sense of power within themselves.

You will hold your breath as Liz Williams from New York swings high through the air. Her soft elegance is beautifully juxtaposed next to the hard, cold chains. In this smooth and harmonious dance she will, at times, catch the audience off guard with quick flashes of explosive dynamic. This emotionally charged performance will seduce and surprise.
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