Krasnodar, 19 May. Today our guest is Yelena Rzhevskaya, Events Manager of Krasnodar State Circus.
Q.: Why has the concept of ‘rolling circus’ become so much popular in the Kuban region?
A.: Our “Rolling Circus” is an educational project, organised to popularise the circus art; our mobile team of artists of various genres goes on tours to the remotest spots of our region; they also perform in social welfare institutions. This mobile troupe was arranged last autumn to let as many as possible people know about the circus art.
Q.: What makes the basis for your repertoire?
A.: It’s the individual approach. This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Krasnodar Circus. So we wanted to make a completely new program, and to make it interesting, funny and enlightening. This is why we decided to focus on interactive items with an educational constituent. Every time, when planning a performance in educational and social institutions around the Kuban region, we are asking ourselves what would be interesting for the audience? We discuss the tricks, the costumes, and the script of such interactive performance – absolutely all details. We go on tours to children’s homes, senior citizens’ centres, rehabilitation centres, hospitals – and with that in mind we are planning our performances.
Q.: What is the favourite turn of our audience?
A.: Over the past few months, we visited nearly all municipalities, and everywhere we were warmly welcomed – but in different places the audience gives ovations to different turns. Our spectators are different, which is marvellous. However, there is something that unites them, which is the interactive character of the performance: for all our tightrope walkers, jugglers and specialty artists do much more than simply perform their turn – they get the audience involved in magic by teaching them to juggle, doing hula-hoops, and take part in the conjurer’s tricks. And this always gets a great feedback.
Q.: Isn’t the “Rolling Circus” scared of the coronavirus?
A.: Of course, now the most important thing is people’s health, which was why in April we moved our performances into the online. Now our fans can follow their heroes thankful to the Internet project, While Everyone Stays At Home. We run weekly online interviews with the circus artists, accompanied with their master classes. Besides, every day they give lessons for beginning circus artists and jugglers.
Q.: Has it become more difficult to amaze contemporary kids?
A.: The 21st-century kids can marvel at wonders, like their piers did in the past. It is the grown-ups who we should be working hard with. The parents may either pay too much attention to social networks, or they are just too busy with their jobs to be involved in useful educational pastime with their kids.
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