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Jan 26, 2022

This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra speaks with Flor Aracama and Nico Busso of DuoRings. Flor and Nico’s unique creation — DuoRings. — is a unique aerial rings duo which combines gymnastics athleticism and performance and, since 2016, has been regularly featured on tour with Cirque de Soleil. After spending a decade together on the Argentinian national gymnastics team, Flor and Nico got married and kickstarted their acrobatics duo. When not on tour or in residency with Cirque, Flor and Nico live in Rome, Italy.

Cirque du Soleil is one of the greatest arts achievements of the last century, and, this week, listeners get the unique treat of hearing how a pair of Cirque cast members landed their role and what the troupe is like behind-the-scenes. On the podcast, hear Flor and Nico’s story of getting DuoRings off the ground (literally!), gain insight into the critical role of discipline in the performing arts, and discover how a pair of accomplished artists physically and mentally prepare before taking to the skies.


Moving Quotes:

"To develop as an artist, the first thing is just playing. Go to the park. Just start without competition. That's really how we learned to love what we do."

"Perseverance, determination, and hard work are the keys to achieving the goals and dreams that you set for yourself... Impossible is nothing. If you're passionate about something, you can get whatever you want in life."

"When auditioning, you must have an objective. 'Okay, I want to do that. I want to get that thing. I have an inspiration to do it.' That's the first part... Second, don't copy anybody. You are yourself. Move to your strengths."

"At some point, our performance career will finish. This is why it's important to take care of your body. If you take care of your body, you can grow and continue living."

"Every artist is different, and every artist knows what they need to give the best performance. You must be aware of everything you need to be 100 percent on the stage."

"You must never lose your character until you are in your dressing room."


Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:

3:34: Flor and Nico retell how they ended up together as an act and how their act made it to Cirque du Soleil.

8:17: Flor and Nico explain what audiences can expect from their DuoRings performance.

10:36: DuoRings shares some advice for performers preparing for auditions.

13:24: Nico discusses why he decided to branch out and pursue an alternate career in physical therapy and how being a dancer helps his physical therapy career (and vice versa).

16:45: Flor and Nico give a sneak peek at what it’s like on the inside of Cirque du Soleil.

20:20: Flor and Nico discuss the importance of discipline in the creative world and how they, personally, must be disciplined as they perform.

22:59: DuoRings shares several tips on physically and mentally preparing for rehearsals and performances.

31:31: Flor discusses what’s next for DuoRings and where audiences can expect to see them next.

33:24: Flor and Nico give some advice to anyone looking to get off the ground with a career in the arts.


Bullet List of Resources – 

Flor Aracama

Nico Busso