Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 23.4 x 35 in (59,5 x 89 cm)
Condition: Good condition - folds across the image and a little wear on the edges - see pictures.
Dissemination: Quite rare
A truly 70s circus poster descending from the period of the bipolar world order. The poster displays a group of Russian dancers topped by what appears to be a ballerina. The name of the circus can be translated into "Circus Revue" so it might be an advertisement for a dancers circus.
The Russian circus is would famous for its artistic skill among there dancers and even in the Olympics Russia is often going for the gold in gymnastics disciplines.
The Russian circus has a very long tradition and is very famous all over the world for its high class performers. Already in 1919 the leader of USSR, Lenin, expressed a wish for the circus to become 'the people's art-form', with facilities and status on the same level as theater, opera and ballet.
The decision was made and the USSR nationalized all Russian circuses. In 1927 the State University of Circus and Variety Arts (also known as the Moscow Circus School), was established; performers were trained using methods developed from the Soviet gymnastics program. When the Moscow State Circus company began international tours in the 1950s, its levels of originality and artistic skill were widely applauded.
During this time, the Russian circus, which was already important became an even more prominent piece of culture, and a point of pride. The Russian Circus traditions include clowning, juggling, acrobatics, contortion, and animal acts and especially bear acts, such as bears who juggle with their feet.
Stylistically, the Soviet circuses were different from their Western counterparts. Their acts were more focused on Eastern European culture, and tended to hold more narrative and be more dance oriented than their bespangled, action-packed contemporaries. This narrative style has recently become more popular with shows worldwide, with shows by companies including Cirque Dreams and Cirque Du Soleil.
With the collapse of the USSR in 1989 some Russian circus was abandoned but a some survived as private circuses like the famous "Moscow State Circus" which still operates today.
The poster is a great, colorful and slightly silly thing to decor your walls with. I am sure this poster will bring much delight to its future owner.
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