Great Moscow State Circus

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This is Moscow's second most important circus and Russia's biggest one, known for its staggering shows. The huge arena is geared to shows of many elements and many actors. Dozens of acrobats flying high above, lions prancing proudly in front of the breathless audience, feathered divas dancing the cancan, the orchestra playing marches, gymnasts and jugglers doing tricks you never thought were possible… The arena is sometimes converted to a giant pool, and amazing light and music shows unfold on the water, featuring humans and animals. The circus changes its programme twice a year, and frequently hosts circus festivals involving foreign artists. The circus is run by the famous animal handlers, Edgard and Askold Zapashny.