What makes the Rus­sians and Chi­nese so good in the cir­cus?

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It’s about in­vest­ment. The cir­cus in those two coun­tries is con­sid­ered the third art – the other two be­ing bal­let and opera – and it is some­thing that is in­vested in heav­ily in both coun­tries. In Rus­sia and most of the for­mer Soviet coun­tries, th­ese arts of­fer op­por­tu­nity and di­rec­tion to young peo­ple and for that rea­son the level of train­ing and ex­po­sure to per­form­ing arts makes the artists so much more skilled and re­fined. China and Rus­sia are with­out doubt the two best coun­tries in the world for cir­cus per­form­ers – and the Moscow Grand Cir­cus will be a strong re­flec­tion of that. Nowhere else in the world does it like they do.

From high wire acts to jug­gling, there are thrills (but hope­fully no spills) at the Moscow Grand Cir­cus

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