Nelsa Mattos

Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1917 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001

Acrobat, trapezist, dog trainer. Her parents, Gabriel Correia de Mattos (clown Camelo) and Alzira Santos de Mattos, were circus artists. She debuted in her childhood in contortion acts and on the flying trapeze. Later in her life she performed cannon ball and acted as a mounter in perch and ladder acts with Eduardo Temperani in the circuses Joaquim Gomes, Garcia, Oswaldo Batista, Seyssel and Temperani. From 1982 to 1994, she taught aerial acts at National Circus School in Rio de Janeiro. 

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