World-famous Moscow State Circus returns to Leeds

The Stynker Troupe are among the performers in this year's Moscow State Circus show, 7 Zhelaniy.
The Stynker Troupe are among the performers in this year's Moscow State Circus show, 7 Zhelaniy.
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Daredevil acrobatics are set to wow the crowds in Leeds once again as the world-famous Moscow State Circus rolls into town.

The big top is back in the stunning setting of Harewood House as the circus returns to the UK for what organisers say is its “greatest production to date”.

Moscow State Circus performers Natalia Mentenseva, and Vladimur Georgieski.

Moscow State Circus performers Natalia Mentenseva, and Vladimur Georgieski.

The show, called 7 Zhelaniy - translated as ‘7 Wishes’ - tells the story of a little girl who sees her wishes granted, against an awe-inspiring backdrop of flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking and roller-skating performers.

Tour director Paul Archer said a highlight of this year’s show is a special spring board act involving 12 people. He said: “You won’t see anything like that ever again in a big top. We have a guy doing double somersaults with stilts strapped to himself - somersaulting about 10 metres in the air and landing on the ground. We have another guy doing five somersaults from the same seesaw spring board.

“There are some real wow factors to the show.”

As well as the usual clowns, the breathtaking performance also features contortionists in floating globes, aerial acrobats and a ballerina on a high wire,

“It’s a full two-hour show with something for all ages. You don’t have a to grab a child off the street to come along. Anyone will get a great deal of pleasure from the show,” he added.

Paul said he believes it’s the gruelling training regime of the circus’ performers which sets them above anything else in the world or UK.

“It’s the dedication and the sheer amount of training that they have to undertake before they are even allowed to perform in front of the paying public - upwards of four years’ practice. They are the Premier League of circus artists.

“Unfortunately this is the last of the shows in the UK touring. To come to somewhere like Harewood House is very special indeed.”

Moscow State Circus’s 7 Zhelaniy show will be at Harewood House from June 3 to June 7.

For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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