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Lia Chang: Aerialist Angela Buccinni Featured in CIRCURIOUS at the Southern Theatre

Angela Buccinni

Angela Buccinni

Angela Buccinni has run away to Columbus, Ohio to join CIRCURIOUS at the Southern Theatre, 21 Main St., which has performances Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – Sunday, June 27, 2010.

Presented by Cirque-tacular Entertainment, CIRCURIOUS is described as a century of American WOW-factor featuring aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, illusionists, singers, dancers, world record holders, and indescribable feats. Tickets are
$22.50 – $42.50 and are available through the box office 800-745-3000 or online A 10% discount is being offered by using the code “community” at Ticketmaster.

Angela played Morta Discordia, performed as an aerialist and contributed to the choreography of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre which ran from March 12-April 17, 2010 in New York.
Angela loved working on CALIGULA and of her experience, she writes, “This cast and production team truly had a special dynamic. Right from the start there was a comfort level that takes most groups a very long time to achieve. The creative team gave us the freedom to explore and create in a non-judgmental environment which allowed for everyone to go on a journey of discovery together. Not only were we permitted to explore the “CALIGULA” within ourselves but within each other. The diverse cast from all walks of the moon was so generous not only with sharing each of their unique talents but with allowing others into their world. This group’s openness with one another allowed for a truly genuine appreciation and respect for one another, an understanding and unspoken trust which established a safe environment for everyone to play ! What I take from my CALIGULA experience is not only a renewed sense of joy and play but an openness and confidence to continue my explorations of self and others with a new and exciting perspective.”

Puma and Angela Buccinni Photo courtesy of

Puma and Angela Buccinni Photo courtesy of

In New York, Angela has danced with The Chase Brock Experience, trained with the Brooklyn-based, ‘PopAction’ dance company STREB and currently works with Cirqutacular and Tribe of Human. She began learning tap, jazz and ballet in her native Buffalo, NY at age 6. Her physical literacy and drive quickly matured as her training expanded into a broad spectrum of movement disciplines including pointe, modern, musical theatre, diving, gymnastics, and track and field. In 2002, Angela was accepted to the Boston Conservatory where she was awarded the Jan Veen Scholarship. Through her studies at the Conservatory, Angela would perform the works of Jose Limon, Martha Graham, and Murray Lewis as well as create her own works, seeing them performed for artists such as Yo Yo Ma. She graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2006. After moving to New York that same year Angela encountered Muscle Activation Techniques through a chance encounter and immediately recognized its transformative potential in dance. As a MAT specialist Angela serves as an active force in attempts to help performing artists achieve higher levels of performance through MAT and education. Angela currently works at Exercise-Intelligence in Soho helping people discover their movement potential through M.A.T.

Angela and her beloved 2-year-old pit bull mix, Puma were featured in a article by Beth Landsman called Pup stars!, which showcased New Yorkers in ruff times, putting their pets to work in showbiz. Pup stars! –

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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Photos of Lion Dancers in Los Angeles Chinatown
Photos: A.B. Cruz III and Lillian Kimura Receive 2011 AALDEF Justice in Action Awards
Photos of Lion Dancers in Los Angeles Chinatown
Photos: Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington in San Marino
Photos:The Working Theater’s Off-Broadway production of HONEY BROWN EYES by Stefanie Zadravec at The Clurman
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet,Tracee Chimo opening night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon
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STORIES FROM CHINESE AMERICA: The Arthur Dong Collection, Vol. 2 as 4 disc DVD Box Set
Multimedia: Exclusive photos and video of Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas -In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society
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