The Moscow circus--famous not just in the Soviet Union, but also throughout Europe and the United States--has staged a special performance for its centenary year.
GV Two clowns, Mikle Tchyidin and Yuriy Nikylin, and ringmaster enters
SV Acrobatic team perform (3 shots)
SV AND GV Equilibrists work with long poles (2 shots)
GV Man and woman, Gunar Ka???kevich and Tamara Ku???ina, on trapeze
GV Elephant and man
GV Woman with monkey, monkey on pole, monkey with giraffe (3 shots)
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Background: The Moscow circus--famous not just in the Soviet Union, but also throughout Europe and the United States--has staged a special performance for its centenary year. Under the big-top in Moscow's Zvetnoy Boulevard the most popular artists performed their unique stunts.
SYNOPSIS: The programme was hosted by two of the best-known Soviet clowns--Mikle Tchyidin and Yuriy Nikylin. The Moscow circus was the home of one of the great clowns of the modern era --Oleg Popov--whose mere appearance in the ring brought anticipatory laughter from audiences throughout the world.
Traditionally certain nationalities tend to dominate specific areas of circus performance and acrobatics and tumbling remain the realm of eastern Europeans. The specialities are passed down through circus families for generations.
For the centenary programme, equilibrists, working with eight metre (yards) long metal poles, performed stunts never seen in this area before.
Acrobats, Tamara Mucina and Gunar Katkevich, reached speeds of 60 kilometres (37 miles) an hour in their performance set to the music of he ballet "Spartacus While most circuses throughout the world began to feel financial strains in the 1960's, in the Soviet Union the circus was one of the most popular forms of entertainment.
Today the U.S.S.R. boasts 66 circuses, employing some six thousand artists.
Elephants are the hallmark of circuses, with their awesome size along fascinating audiences. Trainers at the Moscow circus, Olga and Sarvat Bekgydi, work with animals from throughout the world. A recent addition to their stable, a giraffe, was incorporated into the centenary programme after only two months' training.