Moscow Circus Tickets
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The Moscow State Circus is a touring UK circus owned and run by the European Entertainment Corporation. The circus is on tour until December 2007. The circus started in around 1998 when it leased artists from the The Great Moscow Circus in Russia. The circus consists of a cast of fifty-three performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, aerial acrobats, springboard acrobats and illusionists, but does not feature animals.
An Englishman, Charles Hughes, is partly responsible for the huge popularity of the circus in Russia today. A renowned horseman and impresario, Hughes gave a command performance with his troupe of circus entertainers for the court of Catherine the Great. She was immediately captivated by the performances and ordered two circus rings to be built for the entrepreneurial Englishman. Hughes remained in St. Petersburg for a year before returning to England. However his performers, now admired by the Russian nobility, decided to remain behind, thus giving birth to the contemporary Russian circus we know today.
The circus became hugely popular with the Russian people in the 19th century, rapidly becoming one of the chief forms of entertainment. The Nikulin Moscow Circus was founded in 1880, in response to the huge popularity of the art form, and quickly became the most respected and loved circus in Russia. After the turmoil of the 1917 revolution, the founding fathers of the Soviet Union quickly recognized the circus' importance. It was truly popular - egalitarian - form of entertainment, enjoyed by all, regardless of race, language, age, education or class. Requiring great skill, benefiting from creativity and originality, circus nevertheless needs no sophistication.
Since the reign of Catherine the Great, the circus has played an important role in the rich cultural traditions of Russia. In Russia, the circus is regarded as an art form on par with the ballet or opera, a showcase for highly skilled and creative artists.
Through the establishment of state circus schools in Moscow and other major cities, circus developed in quality and on a scale unknown in other countries, and from 1950`s became a highly successful cultural export, making frequent tours to the United States and Europe.
With its rich tradition and enviable reputation, the Moscow Russian Circus remains the standard by which others are judged. We are privileged to still have the opportunity to experience one of the jewels of Russia's impressive cultural heritage. At its height, on the eve of the collapse of the Communist regime in the early 1990`s, there were 70 permanent circus buildings and about 50 traveling circuses. The fall of Communism threw this massive cultural organization into disarray, and the future was at times uncertain. However, the Moscow Circus has continued to thrive, recently celebrating its 120 anniversary.
The enviable reputation of Russian circus is based on 200 years of tradition, but in particular 70 years of massive state support under the communist regime. Modern circus was started in London in 1768 by Philip Astley and rapidly became the chief form of performance entertainment throughout much of the world during the 19th century.
Catherine the Great had invited the English trick rider and impresario Charles Hughes (Astley's rival) to set up a riding school in St Petersburg, and circus quickly spread, eventually producing its own dynastic families - the Durovs, Zapashnys, Kios, Kantemirovs and others - who passed on their skills from one generation to the next.
To the founding fathers of the Soviet state however, circus had a special significance which put it on a par with, even above, the ballet and opera: it was a truly popular - egalitarian - form of entertainment, enjoyed by all, regardless of race, language, age, education or class. Requiring great skill and benefiting from creativity and originality, circus nevertheless needs no sophistication.
Through the establishment of state circus schools in Moscow and other major cities, circus developed in quality and on a scale unknown in other countries, and from the 1950s became a highly successful cultural export. The fall of communism has thrown this massive cultural organization into disarray, and the future is uncertain. Meantime, however, we are privileged still to be able to glimpse the glory of this part of Russia's impressive cultural heritage.
At its height, on the eve of the collapse of the communist regime in the early 1990s, there were 70 permanent circus buildings and about 50 travelling circuses. The major building is the Moscow Circus with its four vertically interchangeable rings for different types of acts, equestrian, aquatic etc. But a citizen in the farthest reaches of the USSR could expect to see 5 or 6 circuses every year in his home town - about 100 different acts.
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Tickets will be priced the same for Moscow Circus for children and adults.