Featured internationally in tents, theaters, and gala events, I have been performing circus and varietè arts as an aerial illusionist for over 20 years, innovating my craft with the first ever aerial quick change act.
Costume design was my first love in the arts. I continue to create new works and take commissions from performers internationally.
My interest in the expansion of our circus community and watching the growth of an individual artist has motivated my work as a coach and inspires my work as a choreographer and producer.
2023 was a year of amazing experiences! I just finished the Piccolo Zoppè Winter Circus tour. This summer I was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with my dear friend Shayna Swanson. And I performed with Tanya Gagné in her hilarious and surreal show The Horse's Mouth Circus.
-November 2022, Aerial Quick Change featured on Italy's Tù Sì Que Vales, TVDB season 3 - with Lexi Pearl
-August 2022, I was interviewed by Shannon (IG @artistathlete) on her podcast. Check out our conversation!
RECENT GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
I'm grateful for the generous grant awarded from the Dai Vernon Foundation, which contributed to the creation of my floating table act. And the residency awarded by Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Reimagine Public Art. You can see the DCA submission here: https://culturela.org/reimagine/restructure/
Jonathan Pendragon, Genii magazine
"Enter Elena Brocade. Elena is an aerialist who devours any new skill... She has physical agility; she is already a performer."
Featured on the CW
The aerial quick change debuted on the CW Masters of Illusion 2019 season.