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January 2003
Moscow State Circus
Reviewed by Jenny Jones
Moscow State Circus
Moscow State Circus
The amazing Moscow State Circus rolled into town and Jenny Jones went along to see the tumbling, back-flipping and general razzamatazz!
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Wow! This is 1 hour and 45 minutes of eye-popping, jaw-dropping Wow-ness!
First of all there was The Rubtsov Troupe with a huge skipping rope and people back-flipping over it and even a fella jumping with another fella stood on his shoulders!

Moscow State Circus
Moscow State Circus

Then The 3 Alexanders came on spinning massive metal squares and then cubes. This was followed by Andrey Averiouchkine the clown who played the accordion while bouncing on a tall pogo stick! Then his 16 year old son played a set of drums by bouncing balls on them - musical juggling - amazing!

Irina Cherkasova was swinging around on the trapeze - she wore a safety wire - but was so strong and precise that she didn't need it.

The highlight of the evening for me was The Panov Family (mum, dad and 18 year old daughter) who were foot jugglers. They arrived on a bike which dad then balanced upright on his head and the daughter sat on the handlebars and foot juggled!

The mum and dad then lay on their backs with feet in the air spinning large drums and then passing them to each other. But the best bit was when dad balanced a pole on his feet with 2 chairs either end that the ladies sat in and he spun the pole round with his feet and round went the ladies! What strength! What balance! What a spectacle!

Moscow State Circus
Moscow State Circus

After the break it was The Bourgrova Sisters who balanced on a small plank on top of a cylinder, on top of a bowl, on top of a table. And then they started juggling! Simultaneously! One of them even balanced a long pole on her head and twizzled a stick and juggled at the same time!

Igor & Slavi were a strength act where Igor spent nearly the whole act standing on his hands including walking up steps. Maxim & Ekaterina juggled hats and Katia Rubtsov spun 8 hoops around her and was a fab dancer.

Then, to finish, another of my favourite parts - The Rubstov Troupe were amazing tumblers with 4 trampolines and a large crash-mat but it was all over too quickly. In fact it all was. This fast-paced show is packed with so much that I never had chance to take a breath.

The clowns do a bit during every set change to keep things flowing and the production as a whole is as slick as each individual act. There is plenty of razzamatazz - all of the costumes are very showbiz - and the music is dramatic, uplifting and very atmospheric.

In fact it was a perfect evening of live entertainment - and don't think that you needn't go now that you've read all about it. Because what I've written isn't even half of it. Go!

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