We are happy to introduce you to Shaheen & Shouniez - Husband & Wife - 2 playful Pixies from Cape Town, South Africa - Also known as The Fiery Pixies. Shaheen & Shouniez first met in 2002 through mutual friends, but it was not until 2006, that they decided to spend their lives together.
“Our first exposure to flow arts, fire dancing and circus was in 2007 in Cape Town, watching a girl spin fire poi on the beach to African drumming. Shortly thereafter, Shouniez starting spinning poi. We met and connected with the amazing Flow Arts community back home that laid the foundation, shaped and influenced our journey where we learnt a variety of props including poi, fans, staff and juggling.”
“We began our professional career of fire dancing in Cape Town 2009, performing with the renowned fire dancing company, Fire Tribe. In 2011, we fell in love with the Hoop. It was love at first spin! It rapidly became our main prop and sole focus. We were obsessed, haha! The Hoop has been the catalyst which has lead us to where we are right now.”
During their travels, The Fiery Pixies skills grew and developed. Their movement practice has deepened through learning and exploring contemporary dance, acro balance, theatre and clowning. As flow artists by heart, the two pixies incorporate all these new forms of movement and expression into their current practise to expand and grow their flow. Coming from Africa, Shaheen & Shouniez’ style has always been rhythmic, and dance has always been the forefront of their practice.
“The hoop and circus has taken us on a magical journey, sharing across the globe - both performing and teaching throughout South Africa, Mozambique, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Korea. Being pixies, we love to spend our time in nature. The confines of the city got too much and we decided to fly into the world (with our hoops of course), spreading our love and passion through performing and teaching.”