On test days
Honored artist of the RSFSR A. Volny associated his life with the Manege in the early 30s. Together with his wife A. Pravdina, he performed in a conversational satirical Duo,…

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Johnny Eck-the legendary "half-man" who defeated himself, but lost to human cruelty
Inhabitancy "If I want to see freaks, I just look out the window" - so sharply about modern society expressed at the end of life "half-moon" johnny Eck, a talented…

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Circus performance " Our friend Baba Yaga»
In the Moscow circus on Vernadsky Avenue during the school holidays, an unusual performance took place. Children filled not only the auditorium, which is quite usual during school holidays, but…

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A book about famous clowns

Every good book is interesting in its own way. Its originality is given by the author: his talent, life experience, knowledge of the subject, love for it.
A monograph about the famous clowns Yuri Nikulin and Mikhail Shuidin was written by S. Makarov. After graduating from circus school, he was a clown, and then a comedian-illusionist. So I learned circus art not only from the rows of the amphitheater, but also by performing in the arena.

While working in the circus, Makarov graduated from the Department of theater studies of the state Institute of theater arts named after A.V. Lunacharsky, then a full-time postgraduate course at the Institute of art history, defended his dissertation on the problems of clowning and received a PhD in art history. Continue reading

Article about the circus

Not “circus people”, but “circus people”. On “circus people” will be offended – this is an insult, like “Jews, Ukrainians”. Because circus-a special nationality, a small people numbering about five thousand. Circus people marry each other, give birth to circus children, and remain in the circus for the rest of their lives – as cashiers, ushers, and administrators.They are all carriers of ancient knowledge, consisting of many years of training and a million secrets passed down from generation to generation. Continue reading

Circus wrestlers and strongmen: the time when women could beat a man and get paid for it

At the beginning of the twentieth century, women tried to be as good as men. Can’t women do what their husbands or brothers do? It’s no big deal. Then there were a lot of women wrestlers and women strongmen who often went to the arena and arranged demonstration (however, real too) fights.
Circus fights were particularly notable. Continue reading

Ladies, go ahead: circus of curiosities of the nineteenth century
Circus in the modern view, with an arena and a dome, appeared only 200 years ago. However, then the artists, for the most part, entertained the audience not with their…

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Circus wrestlers and strongmen: the time when women could beat a man and get paid for it
At the beginning of the twentieth century, women tried to be as good as men. Can't women do what their husbands or brothers do? It's no big deal. Then there…

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Wild animals do not belong in the circus: activists have achieved a ban on the use of animals in performances
Wild animals do not belong in the circus - according to activists, and for several decades they have been campaigning for the rejection of the use of exotic animals in…

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Circus horses, elephants and zebras in a foggy arena: Rob Tarbell's smoke-filled photo paintings
The author of circus-themed photo-films Rob Tarbell is a trainer of sorts himself. But unlike people who tame wild animals, Rob Tarbell deals with an even more wayward charge -…

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