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Demian Acquavella
(January 25, 1958 - June 2, 1990) USA

Demian Acquavella

Dancer

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Demian was born in Brooklyn and trained with Marjorie Mussman, Cindi Green, Ernie Pagnano and Phil Black and also studied at the Nat Horne Musical Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He danced with Lillo Way, Elisa Monte, Miss Mussmann, the Rush Dance company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater before joining the Jones-Zane troupe, which he left in 1988. His lover was Robert Altman.

An exuberant dancer and a popular figure in post-modernist dance in New York, Demian was the inspiration for Mr. Jones's 1989 work ''D-Man in the Waters,'' a celebration of Demian's determination to fight his illness. He was also an irrepressible dancegoer who attended performances after he was too ill to perform, sometimes loudly cheering the dancers from his seat.

Demian died of AIDS related complications on Saturday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 32 years old.

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