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    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
    • Soviet Classics: The Russian Circus as Art
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    Circus artist, Marina Shaevskaya, on the ice at the Great Moscow State Circus, 1966.

    This year, Russian circus art marks an important date - exactly 100 years ago all the circuses, like many other institutions, were nationalised. In 1929 the USSR became the first country in the world to operate a state-run circus training facility.

    Soviet trapeze performers, clowns, artists and acrobats were famous for their talents and skills, and various circus acts toured the United States (among other countries) under the name "The Moscow Circus", bringing the Russian circus global notoriety.
    Events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian national circus were held starting this summer and will continue through the fall, across the country: in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Sochi, Voronezh, Kislovodsk and many other cities.

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