What’s your favorite performance you’ve done?
Aenya: We got to spin fire with Jefferson Starship, and my circus friend and I belly danced on stage to “White Rabbit.” I’ve loved that song since I was little.
Asher: We performed for Google's holiday party a few years ago, and that was a memorable evening. It was Speakeasy-themed, with hired actors playing poker amongst the guests, a dedicated cigar-roller, and the two of us strolling the party. I had a fantastic evening getting to know the incredible people who answer my questions on the internet all the time.
Do you need insurance?
Aenya: Yes, that enables us to perform indoors. We each carry a $2 million liability policy for fire performance and stilt walking.
Are you two dating?
Asher: We’re married, actually. We just watched a guy lose $500 in a bet over that.
How did you meet?
Aenya: We got booked in the same variety show, and he was the other fire performer. I may have made up an excuse that I wanted to talk about fire safety.
How did you get into this?
Aenya: By being a band geek. Flags, rifles, and sabres led to fire staves, hoops, and nunchucks. I danced for Nebraska and I was practicing in the park, and this old hippie guy was like, “if you can do that with a flag, you can do that with a fire staff” I was like, “A what?” Turned out, he was right.
Asher: My story’s a bit different. I found a poi video on YouTube, and I kept showing it to my friends. My friend said I needed to just learn how to do that, so I did some research, eventually finding the flow arts community.
Are there competitions for fire spinning?
Aenya: Yes! Asher won Kinetic Fire Festival’s competition with his fire poi video, and I placed in Home of Poi’s Circles of Light competition with fire nunchucks.
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