WATCH: Moscow circus comes to SA, stuns crowds WITHOUT using caged animals

2017-02-06 10:58 - Romantha Botha
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Cape Town - After sold out performances in Johannesburg, the Moscow circus is gaining popularity in the Mother City as well - despite distancing themselves from the traditional concept of incorporating wild animal into performances.

Netwerk24 reports the circus has all features typically associated with the show - from the hilarious to the horrific and everything in between - except one major element: animals. 

Still, as presenter Andrew Guild says, keeps all visitors intrigued and on their toes throughout. 

Guild, who has been presenting various shows including ballets, classical concerts, ice-skating performances as well as circuses for over 40 years, says the atmosphere beforehand is nerve-wracking. "But as soon as the show starts, all the fear disappears.

"The circus is an art, and it offers an escape from the mundane. For two hours, people are able to forget about the worries everyday life brings. 

"Once you enter on the red carpet, once you smell the popcorn and see the lights, a feeling of excitement overcomes you," he says. 

The act wherein five motorbikes race around in a small, round, iron cage is a big favourite - especially as the cage opens up while the bikes are inside... Check it out: 

ONE PIC YOU HAVE TO SEE: This Netwerk24 image of one the performers in an extraordinary contortion has us doing all sorts of squirming

The red and white tent, situated in Jan Smuts street on the Cape Town foreshore, can accommodate 1 650 people at a time. The performing artists hail from all over the world, including Cuba, Canada, Columbia, Brazil and the US. 

The circus will be on show until 12 February this year, after which it will pitch its tent in the Free State capital of Bloemfontein from 16 February. 

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