Danielle Gennaoui has been performing and devising original work for the past 10 years. Combining her passion for physical theatre and circus arts she creates extraordinary and heartfelt stories with movement, music, and atmosphere.
Danielle began training in circus arts in 2008 and completed Aloft Loft's Full-Time circus training program in 2014 under the coaching of Aloft's founder, Shayna Swanson. and specializing in Aerial Hoop (coached by Helena Reynolds and Dana Dugan). She is the co-creator of the lyrical duo Aerial Hoop act "Duo Bettie Lu" as well as the vivacious acrobatic and tumbling quartet "Love Rhombus". In addition to aerials and acrobatics, she has training in tumbling, clowning, juggling, handbalancing, contact improvisation, and stilt-walking, just to name a few.
Danielle has been especially fortunate to perform and create with various theatre and circus companies in the midwest including: Aloft Circus Arts, Actors Gymnasium, CircEsteem, MSA & Circus Arts, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Gravity Aerial Arts, Thodos Dance Chicago, Apple Tree Theatre, Dream Theatre Company, and Sussurus Performance Group. Danielle was also a company member with Dream Theatre Company from 2007 to 2012.
Danielle graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre directing and performance from the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. During her time at Butler she had the opportunity to practice various styles of theatre from Shakespeare and the Michael Chekhov technique to Viewpoints to devised and collaborative site-specific performances. Danielle has also studied and performed with the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia including portraying the title role in Pushkin's "Faust".
Danielle has received various awards and nominations for her work including The Jerome Hartwig Theatre Scholarship, Black Box Award for Best Actress in Philip Glass's "The Photographer", and five Black Box Award nominations for her original adaption of William Shakespeare's "Richard III". Danielle was also extremely honored to be chosen as a finalist and perform with the 2015 U.S. Aerial Championships in New York City.
Danielle currently is performing throughout Chicago, IL and is proud to be a coach and program coordinator with CircEsteem, The Chicago Youth Circus.
CV and full act videos available upon request.