A HALF century ago, the Moscow circus featured Russian brown bears and Siberian tigers, but now the circus gives financial support to breeding programs for endangered animals.

It's a long way from the first tour in 1962, when Russia was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and performers were privileged to get a passport to travel out of the country.

In Russia, circus has always been considered the cultural equal of classical ballet and opera.

When it puts up its tents at Lismore next month for a week of performances, starting from April 25, we'll just get to be stunned at their stunts.



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