There’s nothing quite like the magic of a traditional circus in a big top, so when the world famous Moscow State Circus descended on Preston’s Moor Park last week, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation.
With its daring acrobatic feats, awe inspiring illusions and colourful vibrancy, the show certainly lived up to expectations by delivering amazing acts of human achievement which had people of all ages gasping in wonder.
A team of talented circus performers transformed Moor Park into Park Gorkogo, the centre of Moscow’s cultural and artistic quarter, as the backdrop to a whirlwind of skilful acts.
There was plenty of clowning from Pavlik and Klava as well as mesmerising vertical pole jugglers, spinning roller skaters and high-flying trapeze acts.
The circus had plenty of humour as well as many, “how do they do that?” moments. A particular favourite was the “mannequin woman” who was so realistic in her impression as a dummy that she kept the audience guessing with her robotic moves and clockwork actions.
She was even sawn in half with a chainsaw during a magic act and had people chuckling as both halves of her danced around the stage.
Death-defying moments also came a plenty from a Western-style whip-cracking duo, a troupe of acrobats catapulting themselves into the air from a revolving Russian swing and a trio of women performing stupendous acts on an aerial ring.
Football fans enjoyed seeing a man wearing a PNE shirt showing off all his tricks with footballs at the same time as balancing on a giant football.
And there’s no need to wrap up as the circus tent is lovely and warm as well as brimming with atmosphere.
With plenty of fun for all the family, the Moscow State Circus was a fabulous night out.By Aasma Day