Gisella Rose is the "Pain Proof Artiste" performance artist originally from South Africa, now located in New Jersey. With her exquisite blending together of sideshow arts, dance and hook suspension, she is a provocative juxtaposition. Pairing the delicate and the fierce, she commands your attention as her performance not only delights your eyes and imagination, it also questions the viewer on their strength, grace, and what it is to not only transcend pain but to transmute it. Gisella blends together a perfect mix of creativity that is both shocking and beautiful. - Her skill sets include: Human PinCushion, Glass Walking, ...
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Circus Sideshow | Hook Suspension | Performance Art
Skillsets / Stunts include:  
Human Pincushion, Glass Walking, Bed of Nails, Mental Floss (nose hose), Hook Suspension, Performing “En Pointe”
Pierced En Pointe, Bloody Pointes, En Pointe to Glass, Feathers & Hooks, Horror Pops, Feathers & Skewers, Bubbling Through Me.
 Please Note:  
Original “Acts” that have been created by Gisella Rose, are original performance art pieces belonging to the artist.
All Skill-sets and Stunts can also be performed and presented in their traditional / classic way.

Human PinCushion

Gisella Rose

I have been a human pincushion performer Since 2009, I have performed at many different types of events both in South Africa and in the US. I can present this act in different ways with different themes.

Feathers & Skewers

-An original performance art piece-

feathers & skewers acts photo

Feather fan dancing and a sideshow pincushion act combined. Debuted February 2010 in NJ at “My Bloody Valentine” The NWB.

Pierced En Pointe

-An original performance art piece-

Gisella Rose

“My Signature Act”

I perform my human pincushion act en pointe. Debuted on 7 March 2015.

Bloody Pointes

-An original performance art piece-

bloodypointes website pic

“My Signature Act”.

This act is a more bloody version of “Pierced En Pointe”. I perform a human pincushion act en pointe. In this act I also pierce my forehead and bleed more than I normally do in my pincushion acts. Debuted on 28 March 2015.

En Pointe to Glass

-An original performance art piece-

Gisella Rose

This act starts with me dancing en pointe, I then remove my ballet shoes and start dancing and being bendy on broken glass. Debuted on 11 October 2014 at Hells Kitchen Lounge.

Horror Pops

-An original performance art piece-

Horror Pops acts photo

My very first Pincushion act that I performed. Debuted in 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Hook Suspension & Flesh Pull

Gisella Rose - Suspension

I have been a suspension performer since 2008, I started performing with Lliezel Ellick in Cape Town, SA. Currently and since 2010, I have been suspended by Invisibleself Suspensions for most of my suspension performances. I also perform occasionally with other suspension troupes.

Feather Fan Dancing in The Air

feathers & hooks acts photo

Feather fan dancing while suspended from hooks through my back. I first performed this act in December 2010.

On Broken Glass

Gisella Rose

Dancing, being bendy and walking on broken glass.

Bubbling Through Me

-An original performance art piece-

Bubbling Through Me Act01Bubbling Through Me Act02

Nose Hose / Mental Floss and Human Pincushion combined. Debuted 25 July 2015.


-Performance Promo Reel-

 nose hose en pointe Gisella Rose

Gisella Rose Human Pincushion Bloody Pointe's


Up-coming Performances 

15 – 16 April 2016 – SKIN Philadelphia – Performing Sideshow with Squidling Bros both nights.

Skin Philadelphia 2016



7 May 2016 – ScarLit ArtEsque. Hells Kitchen Lounge, NJ

14 May 2016 – Beard & Stache Bash 2016 – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ


27 May 2016 – The Amazing Traveling Circus Sideshow – Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, NJ

Gisella Rose



8 July 2016 – Something Strange Summer Sideshow – Revival Bar, Toronto, Ontario.



Check back for more updates! 

Gisella Rose / Madness Photography ©


Gisella Rose's Heart Pudding

I create designs inspired by my performance art. I have them for sale at Threadless on t-shirts and hoodies, even kid’s sizes. Take a look. 

Suspense Hoodie - Gisella Rose's Heart Pudding Heart Blossom Hoodie - Gisella RoseBlood Blossom t-shirt - Gisella RoseBloody Pointe's Baby Onesie - Gisella Rose


Promo Photo | Gisella Rose | Blue Box Photography


Check out this YouTube video