Tuesday, June 19, 2018

35th anniversary of Yekaterinburg Circus

The Yekaterinburg Circus celebrated its 35th anniversary on Sunday.

An Italian named Maximiliano Truzzi built the first circus on Puutori, which is now the Paris Commune Square, in the 18th century. Truzzi and his family first introduced Yekaterinburg audiences to acrobats, pantomime and riders on Nov. 20, 1883. Truzzi left after two seasons, but the circus troupe continued until the building burned down in 1912.

After many years of circus troupes constructing buildings before moving elsewhere, construction on today’s Yekaterinburg Circus building was finished in 1980. On Feb. 1 of that year, the troupe held its first performance for a private audience consisting of the construction workers and their families.

The current circus building, which stands on the corner of Kuibyshev and March 8, is designed with a uniquely Russian openwork dome.  Julian Shvartsbreyn and Niklai Nikitin, the author of "Ostankino," built the dome for the Sverdlovsk circus. Brazil is home to the only other openwork dome of this kind.

The Yekaterinburg Circus has awed crowds ever since.

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