Clowning around at Moscow State Circus on Downs
THE Moscow State Circus is back in Bristol with a spectacular new extravaganza called Babushkin Sekret.
Inspired by the legend of "The 12 Chairs", the show takes the audience on an incredible journey with some of the greatest circus performers on earth.
The newly devised show includes "the queen of Russian Circus", Yana Alieva, on a revolving chandelier.
It also includes the breathtaking Stalkions, a troupe of five performers who walk and back flip 30 feet in the air on the legendary high wire.
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The Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe also perform in the show, catapulting themselves across the big top at breakneck speed.
Clowns Valik and Valerik are also on hand to keep the audience entertained.
The production is housed in a specially designed chapiteau big top on Bristol's Durdham Downs.
The first show was performed yesterday and it will continue twice a day until Sunday, October 14, excluding Monday, October 8.
The Moscow State Circus was founded in 1921 in the former USSR by communists who wanted a style of performance that was not perceived as elitist like the ballet or opera.
A purpose-built circus building then sprang up in every city across the former USSR, with the acts being considered a high art form.
The circus, which has toured the UK since 1995, still brings its artists straight from Russia.
Places at its training schools are highly sought after with around 400 people applying for each place.
According to tour director Paul Archer a special high wire act will be performed in the show that has not been seen in the UK for the last 40 years. For more information and to book tickets see www.moscowstate circus.com.