Moscow Circus Brings Back Fond Memories

Last update: 20/12/2018

By Muhammad Ikhwan Zulkaflee

ISKANDAR PUTERI (Johor) (Bernama) -- Speaking of the circus, many Malaysians would probably remember the homegrown Royal London Circus which was popular during the 1990s and captured thousands of hearts with their performances.

Now, about 20 years later, the Moscow Circus is here in Malaysia on an eight-month nationwide tour and enthralling spectators with their acrobatic stunts, minus the animal acts.

The Moscow Circus Tour of Malaysia 2018/19 was made possible by Kenneth Lee – whose father the late Paul Lee was Malaysia’s first international circus director and creator of the Royal London Circus –  after he teamed up with his close friend Victor Pilipovic, who is a circus artistic agent from Russia.

The Moscow Circus Tour of Malaysia’s executive producers are Yahna SG and Datuk Seri G Radakrishnan.

The circus comprises 40 artistes from Moscow’s two top circus companies – the Bolshoi and the Nikulin.

"It's never easy to bring these international renown acts together under one roof and we're happy that we managed to do it," Pilipovich told Bernama here, recently.

Pilipovich, who is also a famous juggler, said it took them nine months of preparation to bring the performers to Malaysia under The Moscow Circus banner. 

Lee said with the support of the local authorities and international producers, Malaysia can compete with neighbouring countries like Singapore in hosting world-class acts.




Bernama spoke to some members of the audience who turned up to watch a preview of The Moscow Circus performance at Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri, recently, and to them, it was like taking a trip down memory lane.

Mohd Norelliyas Che Tahrim, a 34-year-old executive, initially thought the circus would feature exotic animals as well. 

“As a kid, I had watched a couple of circus performances and I enjoyed the animal acts. But although The Moscow Circus did not feature any animals, I must say that I really enjoyed myself,” he said.

He said he enjoyed the performance of the Skopov Troupe, which demonstrated some fantastic summersault and twist routines.

Izzayati Husna Ahmad, a 29-year-old executive, said it was an experience of a lifetime watching The Moscow Circus performing live. 

“I never went to the circus when I was young so I can’t really comment on the no-animal call but I do support them for not using animals as there’s nothing fun about abusing wildlife,” said Izzayati,  who enjoyed the performance of the Moskalov Duo.  




The two-hour circus act showcases the performances of high-wire walkers, trapeze artistes and Russian Swing acrobats, among others.

Among the talented artistes are famous juggler Semen Krachinov and gravity-challenging diabolo spinners and mind-boggling illusionists, Mykhaylo and Lyana Moskalov from Ukraine, who call themselves the Moskalov Duo.

Inspired by actor Jim Carrey’s portrayal in the movie 'The Mask', Mykhaylo often dresses up in a bright yellow suit when performing with his wife Lyana, who can change her dress or costume onstage in a matter of seconds. 

"I enjoy watching the expressions of the audience when we perform our quick-change routine," Mykhaylo told Bernama.

"Normally, women would take around an hour to get dressed and to get ready before going out. So you can see the excitement in the audience’s eyes, especially the ladies, when they watch how fast  Lyana changes her costume on the stage,” he joked.

The  Moscow  Circus will perform at Puteri Harbour until Jan 1, 2019. Eight acts are performed every night in the two-hour show. 

Ticket prices range from RM50 to RM250. For more details, visit 


Edited by Rema Nambiar