Amanda Topaz

Amanda started her performance career on the ground with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Ornette Coleman at Lincoln Center “?Civiliazation”, and grew into a NYC Aerialist travelling the globe performing at such unlikely events as aerial bungee for the Turkish Pop-Star Tarkan in Baku Azerbaijan on a New Year’s eve.

After twenty years of New York City based collaboration with various artists, musicians, photographers, event spaces in New York, Amanda works closely with companies and curators, fashion designers and artistic directors who come to her not only for unique aerial performances, but also for aerial installations, creative direction, production, connection to artists, rigging consultation, and general brainstorming.

Recent creations include Circo de la Luna at Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City and now Baruch Performing Arts Center this April, Co-Creative director and Choreographer for the film “Fundipendulous” with clothing designer Victoria Bartlett of VPL which featured aerial performance from man-made structures in nature, an aerial Fabric installation for Cedar Lake Dance, working with sculptor Marianne Vitale to create an aerial component to fill vertical space in an installation for Performa, and aerial collaboration with Larry Keigwin Dance Company for “Keigwin Cabaret”.  Additionally, corporate work: two years of The Genius Gala at the Liberty Science Center — a cube act to honor Erno Rubik, and a crescent moon number honoring Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Buzz Aldrin – and aerial silks to accompany opera singer Denyce Graves signature aria “Habenera” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  She draws inspiration from learning about the people for whom she creates, and especially the beauty of the ceilings where she hangs.

Amanda taught Aerial Fitness at Barnard College as part of their Physical Education Program for four years. She also set up an aerial training program at Viceroy Anguilla Resort that ran for two years. Pilates Mat and Machine Certified from Kinectic Pilates, NYC, Kettlebells Certified from Kettlebell Concepts, and TRX Certified.

Amanda holds a BFA from The New School for Social Research Jazz and Contemporary Music Program.

What she offers at Aerial Arts NYC: Silks Classes/Privates