Abigail Baird is the aerialist who founded Aerial Animation. Abigail Baird believes the wholeness of a performance lies in the delicate balance of it pieces. Her work reflects the diversity of her theatrical education. In 2003 Abigail graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a self-designed Bachelors of Arts focused in puppet sculpting and technical theatre. Combining her education in theatrical lighting, costuming, stage management, puppetry, and physical theatre she moved to Vermont in 2004 as the Technical Director for Sandglass Theatre. It is here that that she first became a part of something bigger than herself. She worked with Rob Mermin of Circus Smirkus, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller-Bass of Sandglass Theatre and Elsie and Serenity Smith of The New England Center for Circus Arts on the creation and tour of Between Sand and Stars, a multidiscipline puppet and aerial performance. She developed an appreciation for originality derived from combining artistic mediums.
From 2005 until 2007 she focused heavily on aerial and acrobatic training while teaching at NECCA. She gained technique, strength and dedication. In September of 2007 Abigail moved to Bristol, England to incorporate physical theatre with circus at Circomdeia. After returning to the states in 2009 Abigail began performing, touring and teaching with Wise Fool New Mexico. She currently lives in Oakland, California where she is continuing her exploration of merging artistic mediums. Months after seeing Abigail perform a stranger said to her, “ You made me forget I was not a child,” what she considers the greatest compliment she has ever received. 1
Aerial Animation's audition in Episode 902 consisted of Abigail performing on the aerial straps while a screen behind her projected cartoon scenery. She mimicked falling off a cliff and swimming in water while on the silks. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Aerial Animation to Judgment Week.
Aerial Animation was not seen during Judgment Week. Whether she advanced straight to the Quarterfinals or she performed for the judges again is unknown, but nevertheless, she progressed to the Quarterfinals.
Aerial Animation's Week 2 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 911 consisted of performing on the aerial straps and while being held up by a partner to portray a story about achieving dreams with images of riding in a boat, being caught in a storm, and riding a horse, all to Avicii's "Wake Me Up." Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all gave the act standing ovations. Aerial Animation received enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals in Episode 912 instead of Loop Rawlins.
Aerial Animation's Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 917 consisted of performing on the aerial silks and while being held up by a partner to portray a story with images of falling from a pegasus' back, avoiding the arrow of a constellation, encountering the moon, and joining the circus, all to American Authors' "Best Day of My Life." The act finished in fifth, sixth, or seventh place in America's Vote. In the Snapple Save, it received fewer online votes than Mara Justine. In the Judges' Choice, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel all did not vote for it, eliminating it from the competition in Episode 918 instead of David and Leeman.