Oleg Popov will perform in St. Petersburg for the first time in 26 years

Oleg Popov. Photo: Britta Pedersen / Global Look


The performance with participation of the world famous clown will take place in December, in Big St. Petersburg circus, and will be devoted to its opening after restoration. Vadim Gagloev, the CEO of "Rosgostsirk" told about it at a meeting of the organizing committee on preparation and holding the IV St. Petersburg international cultural forum.


"In the framework of the Forum we are going to organize the special event devoted to the meeting with Oleg Popov and invite students of circus schools and theatrical higher education institutions", - Gagloev added.


Also invited clown Jango Edwards will hold Off-Clown-Fest master class. "52 clowns from around the world are invited. Action will take place in the St. Petersburg Circus in Avtovo", - Gagloev added.

Jango Edwards. Photo: Alexey Gushchin

"This year we want to devote section to a clownery", - Vyacheslav Polunin, the artistic director of Big St. Petersburg state circus on Fontanka noted, - "30 years this genre was in stagnation. It is time for revival". 


Except a clownery, in the section "Circus and Street Theatre" a subject of the industry of circus will be discussed. According to Vadim Gagloyev, "the industry - very important subject. If the circus becomes the industry, it will attract investments and will make it more profitable".


"We also want to talk about a training genre", - Gagloev continued, - "now in Europe there is a tendency on removal of animals from circus. I consider that it isn't applicable to Russia because the circus is the Russian tradition, it is impossible to refuse it, but it would be desirable to hear the other points of view on this subject".

"Please, welcome! It is going to be interesting", - he added.


Presiding over a meeting Olga Golodets, the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, responded that "Section circus and street theater is her favorite, and she will take in it part with a pleasure ".


Olga Golodets and Vyacheslav Polunin on event of section "Circus"

III St. Petersburg international cultural forum, 2014. 

A detailed program of the section "The circus and street theater" can be found in the section "Program".