Hot wired for thrills

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Circus - Tanya Macnaughton

WITH acts in­clud­ing aerial hoop, teeter­board, dou­ble high wire and the Wheel of Death in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, it is safe to say there is more than one thrill seeker in the tal­ented cast.

Per­form­ers Jimmy Ibarra and Vin­cente Quiros firmly fall into this cat­e­gory.

Ibarra is a third-gen­er­a­tion cir­cus per­former and Quiros sixth-gen­er­a­tion. They star re­spec­tively in the Wheel of Death and on the dou­ble high wire.

Columbian Ibarra be­gan train­ing for the 725kg Wheel of Death when he was 12 years old af­ter try­ing trampoline and fly­ing trapeze.

He first per­formed it at 14 and said work­ing at Cirque du Soleil was al­ways his dream.

“I like the adren­a­line this act gives me; it’s crazy and I like crazy things,” Ibarra said.

“When I started it was hard but now it’s just like I’m walk­ing down the street.”

Quiros, who per­forms on the dou­ble high wire with his broth­ers and cousins, has been with Kooza since the show’s cre­ation in 2006.

The Spa­niard said he prac­tised ev­ery day and kept in shape with swim­ming, run­ning, eat­ing healthy and ab­stain­ing from smok­ing and drink­ing.

“Span­ish peo­ple like to drink but I can’t be­cause that would be risk­ing my life or my other fam­ily mem­bers,” Quiros said.

“My wife and two daughters (17 and 14) also travel with me. My wife used to dance, do con­tor­tion and wire but she stopped af­ter our first daugh­ter was born. Now she and my el­dest daugh­ter work in mer­chan­dise.”

When not un­der the blue and yel­low big top, Quiros en­joys cook­ing Span­ish food and may make it a ca­reer when his cir­cus days are over, while Ibarra con­tin­ues look­ing for ad­ven­ture.

“I like mo­tor­cy­cles so when I’m home I love to ride; I also sky­dive,” Ibarra said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d468190

The Wheel of Death.

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