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1. The Aerialist: Seanna Sharpe


24, Dumbo

On the evening of July 12, cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Williamsburg Bridge were treated to a surreal, arresting and beautiful sight: Seanna Sharpe, suspended from the massive steel beams of the span’s east tower, performing her aerial dance “Risk Life for Flight.” “It was love at first sight,” Sharpe says. “I knew the second I laid eyes on that bridge that I would climb it. It was only a matter of time.” But even before scaling the bridge she was a fast-rising star of the city’s avant-circus community.

Trained in tango, circus, trapeze and silks, Sharpe launched her company Mad Sharp Productions in March, when she directed the 111-performer aerial extravaganza Narcissa Starving. Since then she’s been busy teaching classes in Brooklyn, preparing a new duet she just performed in Miami during Art Basel, planning a follow-up to her Williamsburg Bridge stunt and developing a new performance she’ll debut at the Gowanus Ballroom (December 9, 16 and 17). “Right now it only exists in my head,” she says. “But my visions have a funny way of coming to life.” (Photos by Crystal Gwyn)


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