Ice circus to showcase culture, ice-skating prowess

Imagine combining the brilliance of Russia’s imperial court with the artistry and entertainment power of cultural icons such as the Bolshoi Ballet and the Moscow Circus – and then presenting them through the choreography and athleticism of professional ice-skating.  If your imagination fails you at this point, take heart.  You will have a rare opportunity to witness the spectacle of The Royal Moscow Circus on Ice when it comes to the Beasley Performing Arts Center in Pullman on November 10-11.

“We’ve seamlessly united the leading performers of the Moscow Ballet on Ice with the stars of Moscow Circus on Ice,” said event promoter Bill Monot of Paradise Artists.  “Audiences throughout the US are getting the chance to see aspects of Russia’s performing arts legacy that wouldn’t have been possible during the Soviet era.”

Long known for its dominance in professional ice-skating, members of Russia’s national team have come together with gifted circus performers and gymnasts to perform a dynamic mix of modern and traditional dance, gymnastic feats and aerial acrobatics.

The Royal Circus of Moscow on Ice is more than just a melding of skating feats, jaw-dropping athleticism and stunning visual effects.  It is also a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Russia.  Among the program’s large ensemble dance acts are national influences such as the “Ukrainian Suite,” “Russian Winter,” and “Indian Frescoes” that draw on the diverse ethnic and folk traditions of a country whose geographic span stretches from Europe to Asia. 

“We think that this is a wonderful way to share an amazing cultural heritage with American families,” noted Monot.  “As cultural ambassadors, there simply isn’t any other performing company touring the US today that offers this degree of insight into the rich artistic history of Russia.” 

For more information about The Royal Moscow Circus on Ice www.beasley.wsu.edu

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