Husband, wife circus act happy to be with Ringling Bros.
by Georgia Temple
May 22, 2012
Virginia Tuells is from Argentina. Ihosvanys (pronounced Giovani) Perez is from Cuba. As children both trained as gymnasts, but it was the circus that brought them together.
"I met my husband working at the same circus like eight almost nine years ago," said Tuells in a telephone interview with the Reporter-Telegram. "He was doing his own act, and I was doing the Silks. After a couple of days spending time together, we just fell in love."
Both are first generation circus performers now with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus opening Thursday, May 24, at Ector County Coliseum.
"We first started like boyfriend and girlfriend, still working separate for a few years," Tuells said, adding they worked on the act they now do together. "It's very hard to get the same contracts when you are working separately."
Since 2007, they have been performing an act called Duo Fusion: Hand Balancing. One of the unique aspects of their act is that she is holding him up, not the other way around.
"I am lifting him in high heels," Tuells said. "I always say that because it's so hard.
"Actually before the act we do a tango, and people really love that. It's something different, very sexy. When you go to a circus, you sometimes don't expect to see people dancing or see the different cultures like tango. We love to share with the audience a part of our culture, so we think it's very nice."
It took them three years of practice, trying different things, to perfect their act.
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