Russian beauties hanging around
ONE of the greatest shows on earth is now parked in a North Ipswich field.
The Great Moscow Circus has a well-deserved reputation for world-class acrobats, spectacular showmanship and jaw-dropping feats of daring.
Ipswich is the seventh stop on the new circus show's three-year tour of Australia.
General manager Greg Hall, who's been around circuses for 40 years, said the talented performers lived with injury all the time.
"The rewards are high - the risks are high," he said.
"They're like athletes because of their training.
"Sometimes their life is on the line. Everyone relies on each other."
Most of the acrobats are Russians who love to visit Australia.
"During the fourth tour, from 2008 to 2011, we travelled 71,000km and the circus was attended by 833,000 people," Mr Hall said.
Acrobat Oxana Zinchenko mesmerises an audience with her silk act, inspired by the Russian revolution.
She travels with her husband Yuriy Abrosimov, the circus's artistic director, and their one-year-old daughter.
"Circus is my life. I love it. Every day I practice," Ms Zinchenko said. "I continue to learn new tricks.
"My parents were circus performers. From the age of six, I did different acts.
"I have been everywhere around the world, except South America."
Ms Zinchenko said Australians were very good audiences.
"Australians are very friendly people, all the time smiling," she said.
Mr Hall said audiences could expect to see amazing sights at the circus.
"They see people do extraordinary things live," he said.
"I hear laughter and applause every night."
The Great Moscow Circus will perform at the Len Johnson Oval, North Ipswich, until April 14.
To book call 0429 667 269 or Ticketek on 132 849, or visit ticketek.com.au.
A special charity performance will be held at 7pm on Wednesday for the Ipswich Mayor's Community Fund.
Tickets can be bought online at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.