Saturday, September 23, 2017

Director of the Yekaterinburg Circus honored at circus awards

The Charivari Circus Awards were recently awarded to a number of Russian circus performers., including Anatoly Marchevsky, the director of the Yekaterinburg Circus.

The awards were handed out on the eve of World Circus Day, which is held on April 21 each year, English.RUVR.ru reports.

Performers were presented harlequin statuettes and were cheered on as they walked along a red carpet to collect their honors.

"More than 30 percent of Yekaterinburg residents come to admire circus performances throughout the year," Marchevsky said, according to English.RUVR.ru. "Four hundred and fifty thousand of the city's people go to the circus regularly. This means that the circus is a highly popular pastime, both among children, who see it as a fairytale adventure, and adults, who enjoy traveling back to their childhood."

Others who were honored at this year's ceremony include Italian clown David Larible, Ascold Zapashny, a representative of the Zapashny family of circus performers, and elephant trainer Andrei Dementiev-Kornilov, who inherited the Mystery of Giant Elephants show from his parents and is a two-time winner of international circus awards, according to English.RUVR.ru.