[编辑 Editor ／ 英译 Translator ／ 摄影 Photographer 刘大人]
近日看官们若曾经过 Puteri Harbour，或许注意到了位于渡轮码头旁的露天停车场原来已搭起 Big Top 马戏巨篷的国际级马戏团 The Moscow Circus 正摩拳擦掌打算重新吸引大伙儿的目光啊！
In Johor (and even Malaysia), it is not every day that we hear a circus is coming to town. However, residents of Iskandar Puteri and visitors to Puteri Harbour have extra reasons to rejoice in this school holidays season. This year, for the first time, Johoreans can look forward to watching world-class performances by The Moscow Circus that will be here for six weeks, after an absence of nearly three decades by a proper travelling circus, long before smartphones are even invented!
为满足渴望重拾美好回忆的观众再次全面欢享马戏体验，首次访马演出的莫斯科马戏团 The Moscow Circus 将设在可容纳2,700人且备有空调装置的 Big Top 巨篷内，是大马前所未有最大的马戏帐篷哦！
Although this will not be the first time a circus performs in Johor, The Moscow Circus will be a whole new experience for one BIG reason. The entire show will take place under a massive, full air-conditioned “Big Top” (hooray), and that’s undoubtedly the largest circus tent to ever exist in Malaysia, and can seat up to 2,700 people!
逾百年来，俄罗斯马戏表演以充满娱乐性又引人入胜的动作技能，深深吸引着全球观众，被国际公认为马戏表演领域的佼佼者。据探子回报，这次马来西亚之旅，特地结合了两家享誉全球的俄罗斯马戏公司：俄罗斯国家马戏团（Bolshoi Circus）和尼古琳莫斯科马戏团（Nikulin Moscow Circus），共同携手在我国呈献精彩的马戏表演。此番演出不仅是杂技表演，也加入了幻术、音乐、服装、灯光、舞蹈等元素，使演出充满现代娱乐性。更重要的是，这次演出的特色之一就是全场没有动物的助阵！
Universally known as the capital of circus arts, Russian circus acts have, for over 100 years, been thrilling audiences around the world with dazzling performances full of power, artistry and world-class acrobatic skills. And now, for the very first time in Malaysia, elite performers from Moscow’s two most famous circus companies – the Bolshoi and the Nikulin – are joining forces to captivate Malaysians on a never-before-seen 8-month nationwide tour!
PS: Outside food are strictly prohibited, but popcorn, cotton candy, snacks, mineral water and soft drinks are available for purchase in the Circus, so all’s good!
LET THE SHOW BEGIN!
不得不说这场表演实在太精彩了！大人实在太庆幸自己身处现场啊！The Moscow Circus 早前巡演分别在八打灵再也及槟岛完成演出，大获观众好评，如今移师新山后，将于11月20日至元旦1月1日在依斯干达公主港献艺。此次巡演将走遍全国10个城镇，包括八打灵再也、槟城、北赖、马六甲、吉隆坡、新山、峇株巴辖、怡保、关丹和巴生，全程历时8个月。
One thing we like about The Moscow Circus Malaysia Tour is that it is proudly animal-free, and thus proudly animal cruelty-free. Never before seen in Malaysia, The Moscow Circus Tour of Malaysia 2018/19 will be embarking on a mammoth and unprecedented 10-city journey across the country covering Petaling Jaya, Penang, Prai, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Pahat, Ipoh, Kuantan, Klang, and Johor Bahru of course!
Getting these international artists to come together all the way to Malaysia was no easy feat as they are all highly sought-after around the world, so kudos to Executive Producers Dato’ Sri G Radakrishnan and Mr Yahna SG, as well as Kenneth Lee and Victor Pilipovich for making it possible.
国宝级小丑拍档 The Moscow Circus Clowns
Olga and Lev Zaitsev
首先登场的小丑先生可是大有来头，是欧洲最著名的小丑之一的 Armen Asiryants 哦！开场前和表演换场时都会与伙伴出现娱乐观众，逗得大伙儿忘却烦恼只顾拍掌啊！不愧为制造气氛的高手！[Drum roll] On hand to start the ball rolling and keeping us “rolling with laughter” throughout the show, is one of Russia’s most well-known clowns. With Armen Asiryants, our common language is laughter, with their masterful acts cleverly entertains and even getting us to laugh at ourselves. These clowning superstars also succeeded in holding our attention while the crew set up equipment for the aerial stunts. Make no mistake, though, as they are downright funny and isn’t just a filler act.
丝绸芭蕾舞者 Aerial Straps/Silk
Roman & Natalia
Romance is the air the moment Roman & Natalia come on stage, and our eyes are practically glued to the beautiful couple as they perform a graceful but extremely dangerous aerial silk routine.
Equally impressive are the aerialists who dance in the air, suspended on silk ropes wound around themselves. Moving gracefully in highly synchronise movement to create a sense of timelessness, there is no denying the strength they possess to execute their gravityless performance, dangling from above.
The Moskalov Duo
这一对乌克兰夫妇 Mykhaylo 与 Lyana 一出现就惊艳全场，非但造型养眼，更在不到3分钟的时间内变装7次！大人确定没眨眼，他俩的速度也未免太快啦！这一连串的变装表演真是太令人惊艳了，但别急、最精彩的还在后头！只见两人走到舞台中央，男士一把丢起许多金黄色的碎片，女士也迅速的从宝蓝色洋装变成一席美丽的闪亮亮的礼服哦！到底他俩是如何办到呢？两个字：「无解」！
Till now, we are still scratching our heads wondering just how Mykhaylo and Lyana from Ukraine change between beautiful and intricate costumes in a flash. We know it’s a trick, but just how do this master illusionists couple pull it off?
[Spoiler] This duo is very quick, so be sure to not take your eyes off them even for a second. Otherwise, you’ll miss the fantastic finale performed in a burst of confetti.
滑轮二重奏 Roller Skaters
The Romanov Duo
拥有多年表演经验的 The Romanov Duo 所呈现的滑轮鞋表演，不但考验两人的默契及速度极限，更挑战地心引力的旋转技艺直叫大人看了后用两个字形容：「飙汗」！
After another session where the clown Asiryants entertains the children while the circus crew set up for the next act, comes the roller skating duo. One of the top roller skating acrobatic pairs in Russia today, the Romanov Duo showcase their mesmerising skills with breathtaking speed, even featuring a trick involving chains and a lot of spinning. We could almost feel our heads spinning ourselves, but fortunately, we have a much-welcome 20-minute intermission to catch back our breath!
钢索达人 High Wire
The Svezhov Duo
下半场延续早前的精彩刺激，这回由 Svezhov Duo 上演一段惊险的「走钢索」表演。虽然高度距离地面相差十米，但肉眼所见仍觉危机重重。只见男生步伐稳健，如履平地，女生更是气定神闲，悠然自得，惊险之中不乏来回地互动与趣味。两个字：「心惊」！
The second half continued where we left off with more aerial acrobatics. On the high wire, the Svezhov Duo executed their moves with precision like trained gymnasts on the thinnest “bar” ever. It’s a nail-biting time for us, as they walk the tight-rope ten metres in the air, performing jumps and dances with grace and artistry, leaving absolutely no room for error.
We can have a circus without animals, but it isn’t a proper circus without a flying trapeze. While we were not treated to some dare-devil flying acts, the solo artist still managed to charm us by pulling off difficult stunts with her own rendition (less the swinging from bar to bar) and have us gasping for breath.
扯铃二人组 Diabolo Spinners
The Romanov Duo (again!)
As a jack-of-all-trades, the Asiryants again show plenty of tricks up their sleeves, this time pulling out many greenbacks of various denominations (and sizes too) to send us into a frenzy before the Romanov Duo returns again to take centre stage. Rarely performed this particular act nowadays, the couple still managed to combine the traditional circus discipline of diabolo spinning with acrobatic skills in a refreshing style. We secretly wish they could pull off the same stunt, but on wheels as well. Alas, our wish is not granted!
杂耍大师 Master Juggler
The Incredible Semion Krachinov
大人我拍烂手掌了啦！世界数一数二的杂耍大师 Semion Krachinov 终于粉墨登场了！瞧他那敏捷的身手，无论是杂耍球或杂耍棒都游刃有余，令大人看得眼花缭乱，不知应该把焦点放在高难度的动作还是高颜值的脸孔！记住他的名字 Semion Krachinov，明明可以靠脸吃饭，却偏要靠手艺过活的杂耍大师！
By now, the stage is hyped up for one of the most sought-after master jugglers in Russia to show his stuff. The incredible Semion Krachinov certainly has us transfixed as he juggles multiple items at once while keeping to music, and we are caught between trying to keep up with his act AND admiring his dashing good looks, both at the same time!
Here comes the Asiryants again to keep the crowd buzzing! We couldn’t imagine this show without these clowning superstars, with their fun interludes guiding us from one act to the next, as a giant swing quietly surface and takes its place at the side of the stage!
飞人天团 The Russian Swing
The Skokov Troupe
不知不觉已来到了本场的压轴节目，在大人看来也就非这组飞人天团 Skokov Troupe 莫属！曾经亮相世界著名的太阳马戏团，这档「俄罗斯秋千」的腾空飞杆险象环生，高难度技巧挑战着表演者的极限；不仅能够旋转360度，表演者还借助离心力完成各种旋转跳跃不停歇，擦汗擦汗，真是让大人叹为观止！
Touted as one of the best Russian Swing acts today, the Skokov Troupe have indeed lived up to its reputation, having been featured in the famous Cirque du Soleil as well as other world-class circus festivals. This is the one act NOT to be missed, as the seasoned troupe members perform fantastic somersaults and twists while propelled high into the air, bringing the entire program to an incredible crescendo of excitement and thrills!
表演结束后，莫斯科马戏团成员也非常大方地和观众打成一片，其中马戏团领班凯莉娜 Karina Peace 就曾在中国北京和深圳居住过一段日子，还说得一口流利的中文呢！
All good things must come to an end, with the show ending on a high-octane note after two highly entertaining hours. Singing and dancing to the tune of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy”, all performers took to the stage for one final bow, before graciously joining the crowd for some selfies and group photo sessions, much to our delight. We were even more surprised to learn that Karina Peace, the beautiful ringmaster and a Moscow native is actually fluent in both Mandarin and English as well!
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Even till today, Russian circus is still regarded as the gold standard, and after two well-spent hours at The Moscow Circus, it is easy to see why. While it can be said that we might have seen most of the performances on television or the Internet, there really is nothing like watching it for real in front of our very eyes.
Enjoy it while the show lasts!
Puteri Harbour (open air carpark)
20 November 2018 to 1 January 2019
Tuesdays to Fridays 8.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays 1.00pm, 4.30pm & 8.00pm
The Moscow Circus
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