Education & Training
With a nature for analytical thinking and an interest in aesthetic production, Eliana has spent all of her life gravitating toward visual arts. In 2017 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia in Visual Arts (with a focus on printmaking) and in Indigenous and Western Art History. In 2018 she served as artist-in-residence at the Haihatus Artist Residency (Joutsa, Finland) and at the Kemijärvi Artist Residency (Kemijärvi, Lapland, Finland). From January to June 2019 Eliana is a resident artist at the Pilotenkueche International Art Program (Leipzig, Germany) with generous support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Eliana’s work is research-based and site-specific and incorporates a multitude of media. Her current work examines the history of the Holocaust and manifests itself in ghost-like installations of delicately cut paper and site-specific found natural materials.
Eliana began exercising her physical creativity as a child through recreational gymnastics. She soon made the smooth transition to circus by joining the Splash Circus/ Circus Spire Youth Performance Troupe (Emeryville/ Oakland, CA, USA), where she developed an aptitude for bar-based aerials. She continued her professional training in the USA, Canada, and Denmark. Between 2012 and 2018, Eliana perfomed as an independent aerialist in Vancouver, Canada including with the nationally renowned company The Underground Circus. Eliana also has more than eight years of experience coaching aerial hoop and trapeze. Until her move away from Vancouver in early 2018, she held the position of Head Hoop and Trapeze Coach at CircusWest Performing Arts Society. Since July 2018, Eliana has been coaching circus in Berlin and Leipzig and has offered trapeze and aerial hoop workshops in Finland, Germany, and Estonia.
Eliana began training classical singing at the age of ten with numerous vocal coaches. She developed a Mezzo-Soprano range and an affinity for Renaissance and Baroque music, with repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell, Thomas Campion, and Handel to Mozart and Schubert. After thirteen years of classical training, she began to explore other genres of singing, inspired by varieties of European and North American folk, Klezmer and Yiddish music, traditional Sephardic and Mizrachi Jewish music, and percussion from all corners of the world. She also has a long-standing passion for metal music. Her own compositions feature folk- and Mizrachi-inspired melodies and many layers of harmony. She loves creating genre-fusing projects and is always seeking to collaborate with other musicians.