Originally from Boston, Danielle Rueda-Watts launched her career as an aerial acrobat after graduating from art school with a degree in fine art photography. With a background in competitive gymnastics, coupled with years of dance and yoga, she made the transition to professional aerialist quite naturally. “It just seemed like a logical jump,” she says.
Danielle can be seen on silk in the “razzle dazzle” scene in the hit movie musical Chicago, an experience she called “wonderful”, as well as being the featured aerialist in the documentary of Michael Jackson’s final tour, This is it. “Getting to work with Michael Jackson was such an amazing experience, it’s too bad it was cut short.” In addition to her film and tour credits, Danielle has been in two different Cirque du Soleil productions; the cabaret style Zumanity and the Beatles show Love.
Now at Teatro ZinZanni Seattle, Danielle believes that her journey as an acrobat continually evolves and her repertoire has grown from her first love -silk- to include hoop, rope, straps, hammock, trapeze, pole, and hand-to-hand balancing. As one apparatus informs the next, Danielle sees each skill as if it were a different camera or lens, each with a new opportunity to compose. “I really like Teatro ZinZanni, and I’m glad to be here!” And we’re glad to have her! Catch Danielle in Radio Free Starlight, now playing through May 8, 2011.