By a rare coincidence I had the opportunity to go to the Circus on Saturday Evening and; not just any old Circus but "The Moscow State Circus" making this my third post in a row on circuses, most unusual and animal free I hasten to add. I went with my daughter on Sat. because I love watching people who are good and sometimes the best at what they do, it's not always easy to access these things and this group on the doorstep as they were; were too good to miss. They have the reputation of being one of the world's greatest Circus Troupes and they did not disappoint.
The Troupe of mainly young men and women numbered approx. 30 and they all multi task brilliantly; the level of skill; power and sheer enthusiasm displayed was fantastic not to mention the display of courage and nerve required to do some of the activities which I confess in some cases I watched through my fingers. The power and stamina on display confused me a little because despite feats of obvious mind boggling strength there wasn't a single Arnie Swartzeneger among them they all seemed to have quite normal physiques, their training must be awesome.
I was reminded that in some countries a career in the Circus and traditional Opera etc. are as sought after as a place in University, they are highly respected members of society and the process in joining and being accepted is every bit as arduous as joining any professional football team here or indeed becoming a Pro. Tennis Player or Golfer. I would urge everyone to go see them, I think they are here until Thursday and your children will love it, if you don't have any children then borrow some it is a great show.
There is a display of at the end of the show of what is known as 'tumbling' or gymnastics or; as we weans called it years ago "joogling yer wulkies" which is worth the ticket alone. All the performers dress in medieval jester's costumes and put on a mesmeric display of high speed double and treble summersaults; hand springs and cartwheels etc. which you simply have to see to believe. As this is going on if you can take your eyes off it for a second you should take a glance at the children's faces around you they are simply hypnotised and you could not take the look off their faces with an industrial hose.
Circuses like this one are great but I suspect hard to emulate, it doesn't take a genius to work out that training 3 or 4 Elephants or Tigers to run round a circus ring does not measure up to this but I sincerely hope that some Circuses follow their example and try to do what they do. I was left wondering if the fantastic Russian Gymnasts that we see at the Olympics festooned with medals are the ones who didn't make it at the Circus School.