OH THOSE RUSSIANS: Moscow Circus two-time Russian National Rythmic Gymnastic champion, Ms Veronika Rassokhina goes through her practise routine for tonight’s performance in the Moscow Circus at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
OH THOSE RUSSIANS: Moscow Circus two-time Russian National Rythmic Gymnastic champion, Ms Veronika Rassokhina goes through her practise routine for tonight’s performance in the Moscow Circus at Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Scott Powick

Top circus tumbles into town

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to see world champion gymnasts in action, you’ll welcome The Great Moscow Circus to town.

The world-renowned act from Russia stops at Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads for two weeks, as part of a three-year, 80-city tour.

On Thursday, the circus had a full house in the Grand Big Top to see a heart-stopping acrobatics repertoire, including aerial star and two-time Russian rhythmic gymnastics champion Veronika Rassokhina.

In the two-hour show she performs on the straps with Russian national champion Alexander Filippov.

Director Rustam Asadullin (also Ms Rassokhina’s husband) told the Tweed Daily News residents could expect to see death-defying stunts.

He said the Globe of Death, with six motorbike riders circling inside a metal globe, was a “never seen before record in Australia” and has been brought from Brazil for the circus’s 50th anniversary tour.

In April, two motorcyclists from the Globe of Death were hospitalised with arm fractures following a crash during a performance in Cairns.

Stars like sixth-generation circus performer Rafael Nino Jnr, who plays Nino the Clown, are also set to excite audiences.

The stunt clown has been performing since he was four years old.

Organiser and entertainment veteran Michael Edgley said in total there was a cast of more than 45, with 14 international acts in the production.

“We love the idea that every audience member will leave a Moscow Circus show feeling transformed by the experience,” Mr Edgley said.

“Whether it be witnessing the individual amazing performer’s talent or the superb Moscow Circus production as a whole – it’s very entertaining.

“This is the best yet, thanks to the expertise of the producers of the Moscow Circus.”

It is an incredible act in itself getting the show on the road, with 30 vehicles including four semi-trailers and 18 caravans pulling the load.

It takes two days to set up the Big Top and accompanying tents and 10 hours to pull down.

Family passes, including two adults and two children (13 years or under) cost $135.

Tickets: thegreatmoscowcircus.com.au or phone 1300 Moscow.



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