Natalia's school officially turned "2" this month and to celebrate, the director bought everyone tickets to the circus. We went to The Great Moscow Circus, our absolute favorite. We saw this program: "Around the World in 130 Minutes." This was by far the best show they've put on in three years. The level of skill, creativity, energy and pizazz continued to stun me throughout the performance. I don't think I'll ever get used to absolute mastery of Russian circus performers... In the US, so much of the circus is the special effects... Here, the PEOPLE are the circus and they exceed your wildest expectations every time. And they do it without safety nets, although I truly wish they would! I'm so scared for them during the show that it takes away from the enjoyment.
To give you a taste of what we saw, here are some of the highlights:
Riding one-handed off the side of horse? Yes! Trapeze artists on ICE SKATES (they started off the number skating) where the man is balancing on his head and holding the woman upside down with NO safety equipment? Yes again!
Delightfully funny clowns and Kenyan gymnasts that seemed to jump and flip like kernels of happy popcorn!
The real surprise came at the end; during a particularly hair-raising high-wire act, the floor had disappeared and had been replaced by a pool--without our even realizing it. All of the sudden there was a hula-hoop and acrobatic act surrounded by synchronized swimmers--and it ended at the very ceiling of the circus dome (again with no safety wires) while there was a spectacular fountain and laser light show beneath. If you're in Moscow, don't miss this show!!!
I mentioned in the title of this posting that the show ended with a real surprise. It would appear that I was talking about the show's finale. If only. The true surprise came when we left the circus and saw the weather outside.
It is now officially winter. Ugh. Luckily the kids thought it was great...