The Old Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard – now Nikulin Circus – is one of the oldest circuses in Russia. The former rider and gymnast Albert Salamonski established the permanent brick building for the circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow in 1880. Albert Salamonski found and attracted to the circus the best horse acts as well as other phenomenal acts from all over the world. At that time the circus began to expand its repertoire with elaborate pantomimes and special performances for children.

In 1919 the Circus was nationalized in accordance with a decree from Lenin becoming the first Moscow State Circus. During World War II the circus ran uninterrupted. Soon after the War ended, the Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard formed a production company. New acts and theme performances were created. In 1946 the Clown Studio was introduced. The best clowns of the russian circus, including Yury Nikulin, graduated from there. Starting in 1960 Yury Nikulin, who can also be seen in this film from 1974, performed for many years as a clown.


Place: Moscow
Time: 1974
Film: Super 8
Frame Rate: 18 Pictures/Sec.
Cutout: 5:56 Min.
Length Original: 7 Min.
Original-Scan: 2K
Web-Video: 720p
Remarks: Slight Grain Reduction

In 1983, Yury Nikulin was named the Chief Producer of the Old Moscow Circus. The last performance in the old building of the Circus took place on the 13th of September, 1985. It was a very emotional event for everyone. A new building was built on the old site. The interior of the new building included modern technical equipment, new offices, dressing rooms and stalls for the animals. The foyer was remodeled into the elegant and beautiful structure we see today. The hall, with minor changes, was restored to its original pre-reconstruction state.

Today, the Old Moscow Circus can accommodate more than 2000 spectators. In this film there are great shots from Programme “Round 13” – Season 1974/75. You can see the Clowns Yuri Nikulin and Mikhail Shuydin, the Unicycle Equilibrist Jan Poldi, Rope walkers “Leki” and Abakarov, Illusionary attraction by Emile Kio, Jugglers on horseback – Teplovs, Flying equilibrist Lukashchuk, an Acrobatic Trio of Voltigeurs – G. Ozerets, V. Postnikov and V. Yakovenko, and the Freedom of Horses – Boris Mangelli. Also Trained Dogs – Poldi.

Harald Hofstetter

Journalist, geboren am 7. Mai 1976.
Lebt in Wien, stammt aus Gänserndorf (NÖ).

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