One of the permanent features of the Moscow entertainment scene is the Moscow Circus - one of the best-loved forms of family entertainment in the Russian Capital.
G.V. The Crowded arena.
S.C.U. An artificial waterfall.
S.V. Nazarova with a tiger boarding a float.
S.V. She removes the collar from the tiger.
L.V. Nazarova jumps into the water.
S.V. The tiger follows her into the water.
L.V. Nazarova riding on the back of the tiger.
S.V. The tiger and Nazarova playing in the water.
S.C.U. Nazarova bowing to the crowd.
G.V. Crowd applauding.
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Background: One of the permanent features of the Moscow entertainment scene is the Moscow Circus - one of the best-loved forms of family entertainment in the Russian Capital.
But, being permanent, the search for new acts has to be spread far and wide in order to cater for the discriminating public taste.
Now, in the search for something new, the traditional sawdust ring has given way to a tank full of water with a small floating platform in the middle for the artists.
One of the most successful acts to use this new method is performed by Margarite Nazarova and her pet Tiger. Leading the great beast into the ring on the end of a lead like a massive dog, the young Russian trainer slips the lead and then dives into the water - taunting the striped giant to follow her.
When the Tiger looks reluctant, she splashes water over him until he finally flops into the water with her. Keeping a Tiger happy in deep water can be a difficult business and even Margarits is glad to pull his huge claws out her shoulder once in a while.
Water continues to dominate the scene and the spectacular finale to the show is made even more colourful by the reflection of the lights from the shimmering pool.