Apr 21, 2012
A number of Russia’s outstanding circus performers were honored with Charivari circus awards on the eve of World Circus Day, which is marked on April 21st this year.
To collect their Harlequin statuettes circus performers walked along a red carpet to storms of applause and cries of welcome from the audience. The spectacular ceremony reminded many of the annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. The founders of the Charivari Circus Awards believe that could well become the circus equivalent of Academy Awards and should acquire international status. Rosgostsirk Director Alexander Kalmykov comments.
"The circus is an international art in the classical sense of the word. Circus performers were the first to travel abroad after Soviet artistes were allowed to go on foreign tours in 1956. Representatives of 12-15 countries are currently involved in various circus programs in Russia. Circus legend Vladimir Doveiko is preparing a stunt with trapeze artists from Kenya. Italy’s David Larible, who is deemed to be the world’s best clown at the moment, is currently working for the Moscow Circus. Russia’s Oleg Popov who is living and working in Germany has become a “truly German clown” for the Germans. It might happen that by the next Charivari Awards ceremony half of the award-winning artists and producers will be abroad."
One of the winners of this year’s Charivari awards is the Italian clown, David Larible. “Charivari” rings a fairly familiar bell with all circus performers. Alexander Kalmykov spells out the meaning of this word for those unfamiliar with circus slang.
“Charivari” used to be a popular introduction to a circus program. In order to introduce the audience to the program as a whole, the director invited all artists to the arena and asked each to show an excerpt of their performance.
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