An artist told him what happens behind the scenes in a circus

No matter what you think about the circus, if you feel that with the enthusiasm and respect of the children or with skepticism and disapproval, in any way, it pays to know the blog of Ekaterina Zapashnaia, you’re on the side that you are. The artist with years of experience in acrobatics and training writes honest posts about the life of the circus, talks about the peculiarities of their work and not get tired of fighting against stereotypes. invites his readers to look behind the scenes of the circus along with our brilliant guide.

Ekaterina knew the life of a circus at an early age and went through each of their levels. Although I almost never dreamed of one day become an artist famous.

Now it conquers the heart of the viewers by making a single and another number next to your husband, Konstantin Rastegayev. The couple comes out of tours, without separation or a day of your daughter.

You might think that working in a circus is an endless journey, and costumes charming. In reality, the circus is also a routine

While working, the artists don’t get distracted not even with the charms of tourist cities more beautiful. Only it is possible to relax and get to know the place once the program has finished and there are a few days before leaving for another city. The main thing is to assemble the bags on time.

Collecting things is a “pleasure” special. The colorful costumes and mountains of accessories only delight the eye in the hangers. When you start filling, you want to take everything and throw everything to the devil at the same time. In addition, our protagonists believe that it is irresponsible to deprive your child of things because of his profession of itinerant, which means that they also carry with them boxes of toys, a bicycle, roller-skates, an easel, books, etc

To create a home in any side, the couple just need a little more than 10 things. Among them are, for example, a desk lamp, slippers and a microwave. “As all the others, also accumulate trash periodically. Therefore, once a year, we do a general cleaning: everything that is not used every month, it is discarded or sent to the house of my mother”.

The contrast even more drastic, is among the artists during the show and the artists during rehearsals. All dishevelled, with dark circles, in sports clothes, dirty and with smell of animals. Ekaterina laughs at that, instead of the perfumes and other small beautiful things, are on the toilet remedies for stretching, pain relievers, ointments several and elastic bandages. “Ask an artist a moisturizer and do not need, but ask for a cream for muscle aches and pains and you will definitely have one.”

The level of injuries in a circus is really high. Everyone knows that you can become disabled or die while performing a trick, but nobody believes that will happen just to him. “I never see the videos on falls in a circus. I don’t need this fear that I will cause insecurities”.

But, even if we forget the mortal danger, risks and pain are the eternal companions of the artist, always invisible to the viewer. When you look at the fascinating spectacle, a spectator can hardly think: “Is everything all right with the neck of the artist that sustains the platform?”. Gymnasts and acrobats suffer from pains in the knees, back, and muscles torn. “But no one is going. Because it sounds to your music, and it is not you. You’re an artist. You are a picture”.

In the circus, as in the theater, there is no second take. If the artist made a mistake, no matter how well known it is, approximately 2000 people saw your fiasco. The artist is hostage to his role. Should be bold and maintain the image until the end. Even if for the night, he cries to the pillow, if there is discord in the team, if it has made you feel an old injury or if it has failed another number, you must go out and be exactly as the spectator and the director want to see it.

A lot depends on the environment. Ekaterina realized that, working in circuses, good and clean, you feel proud as an artist, is not ashamed of recording and uploading the videos on how animals live, work and rest easily.

But, when it comes down to a circus that is falling apart and a hotel attached in the same conditions… the artists themselves are willing to autocalificarse with the terms most cliché that is often put, such as “circus” or “gypsy white”. In times like this, not only you can’t prove anything to the opponents of the circus, but to the artists themselves, gives them shame and anger having to work and live in such conditions.

Unfortunately, artists rarely have the opportunity to choose how comfortable it will be your turn. And if the people at least have the opportunity of renting an apartment (though not always with success), a space is decent for the animals is a matter of pure luck.

They must not think that this does not affect the artists. They understand that it is impossible to attract to the art of circus with the misery, not even those who truly love the circus. But his employees have the same degree of choice than those who work in an office or in a restaurant.

The circus is, above all, is art for adults, not a children’s entertainment

The children are fascinated with the bright costumes and with the trained animals, but can not perceive the complexity and the risk of tricks, the quality of interpretation, the skills of the acting and the staging. The numbers guionados are designed for adults who can appreciate the setting in general.

For the sticky stereotype “child”, many times you can listen to attacks such as “the gymnasts are bare, the costumes are vulgar, it is pure depravity in front of the children”. Unfortunately, this is an indicator of the “illiteracy” and ignorance of the viewer. The protagonist of the article affirms that, in Europe, the main audience of the circus are adults who understand that a costume minimum or close to the body is not erotic, but, in the first place, a uniform as comfortable as possible for an acrobat.

The excess of fabrics not only distracts the attention of the demonstration of the sports skills of the artist, but also it can hinder your movements and interfere with the completion of the tricks.

Many times it happens that the circus artists are their own make-up artists and costume designers. Ekaterina admits to not sew their costumes, but that it decorates. Of course, both in makeup as the creation of the looks scenic, it is necessary to have good taste, otherwise, it is very easy to fall into the vulgarity.

The makeup stage should be attractive and expressive, so that the artist’s face is visible up to the viewer who is in the last row. Our protagonist, not without irony, admits that she’s not mastered the art of theatrical make-up immediately.

It is easy to realize that cosmetics, modern, master classes and constant practice make it possible for any transformation.

The theme of animals in the circus is one of the most delicate, both for the public as for the artists themselves

Especially if you love animals as much as Ekaterina. It seems that she loves them all, but their main specialty is dog training.

“I spend half of the essay, stroking them, and the second half I try to put myself to work, but it doesn’t always work: I want to go back to stroking someone.”

The artist knows “the face” and the character of each one of their 20 dogs and in your blog not only describes the stories moving related to each one of them, but also share their experience educational and personal advice on the diseases and care.

Ekaterina does not cease to be surprised with the ignorance of the mass audience and fight against the unreasonable claims. In addition to publishing data and even small conferences about the animals, it also refutes the information of the sites pseudoscientists.

The lack of information comes to the ridiculous: some animal advocates are outraged at the imprisonment and exploitation of the “camels, wild”. But the camels are animals so domesticated many centuries ago, such as cows or horses. People drink their milk and eat their meat, use their wool, and teach them to walk with a saddle. The farms of camels are very common and absolutely legal.

“It is at this age when the ’children’ begin to educate themselves in the circus. Understand that the person is your mother, your leader, your friend, and your source of food. At the beginning, the ‘parent coach’ it just sits next to the ’child’, it remains in your space, what feeds on of hands, plays with him. Animals born in captivity can not live without humans, do not know how to hunt, they have an immunity different, have the certainty that at a certain exact time will bring you your food.

The people that raise them from such a small, humanized. Sometimes, it is difficult to realize immediately in a conversation that is talking about an animal.”

The circus performers are neither gypsies nor a criminal. Do not steal, newborn animals, not buy from the illegal poachers and do not have any kind of relationship with the black market. The future “colleagues” four-footed is acquire, in farms, in farms or in zoos, that is to say, they are babies that are not born in conditions of the wild.

No coach of sound mind will hit an animal; all the training is based on the voice commands, rewards, and caresses.

There is a veterinary service among the permanent employees of the circus, and each animal is included in the official record and can’t simply disappear or appear from nowhere. Also eat according to the rules, and there are even foods that do not consume because they don’t want to do it. Like other workers, the aged animals are “retiring”: many times they bring home their “colleagues” two-legged or left to live in the circus; the coaches did not want to separate from their students.

“I am grateful to the defenders of animal rights, because their mission is a noble one. It’s just that they should fight not against the circus, but against the training cruel!”.

There are people mean-spirited in all professions, and should not put a stigma on all just because you heard about the cruelty. No one is opposed to the schools, the police, or to the medicine, although there are perhaps still more stories terrifying about teachers, police officers and the doctor that on the coaches.

Ekaterina also advised to have a more critical approach with regard to the information received: a plot demanding (many times taken out of context) is enough to cause a public outcry. And the less you know people, the more strong it will be.

The owners of the private cabanas (especially provincial) constitute a serious blow to the art of the circus: unlike the circuses officers, in them the rules for the purchase, maintenance and breeding of the animals actually are set by the owner. Whatever an owner decides, with respect to an “employee” of four legs, can hardly be brought to justice.

The root of the evil is not only in the trainers cruel. There are many breeders, veterinarians and pet owners without scruples who adopt animals without any sense of responsibility or desire to take care of them.

We must unite against this kind of treatment of animals, not against the circus.

The children of the circus move with their parents. “Mom, what city are we?” is a question totally normal

The children of the parents who always go on tour with, change, city schools and kindergartens quietly, with no regrets. They know No other life and each month move easily to a new “home”. Make a child of circus enter on a k-state is a terrible paperwork. In order not to lose time and nerves, many prefer private nursery schools. Those who go to school sometimes compensate for the program during the removals. The things, text books and toys for the older children in the team are passed on to the smaller ones.

“Our children do not suffer from the roots, not bothered by the change in environment and time zones, do not have communication problems. Due to the frequent changes of the environment, are not shy and are integrated into new groups with much ease. Do not need a period of adaptation.”

Someone will say that you can not think of a childhood more romantic and happy than the one that is passed in a circus, but I doubt that our little Sasha, like the other children of the circus, be aware that: the circus is simply the day-to-day. “She knows no other life and, therefore, sees nothing unusual in the fact that around are made to juggle, stand on of hands, they smell like animals, they walk in clothes full of sawdust, walking hippos, camels, tigers…”.

Ekaterina tries to follow some important rules to raising his daughter, for example, always wonder if she is happy; not talking as a child; do not skip family reading night. And, of course, who teaches him to communicate with animals.

“I know of not a single case in which an animal has bitten a child, because yes. It is always a provocation on the part of the child: hands in the mouth, a finger stuck in the eye, pull his tail, etc., To teach the child to respect an animal, to appreciate its calm and eager to be alone, before anything else, we’re teaching respect for the opinion and the space of others”.

The actress believes that giving a child the example of their own bad behavior or negligent, “only an animal”, we are spoiling a future member of society. Will grow to be indifferent, without knowing what they are compassion and mercy.

The blog of Ekaterina is considered to be useful and educational not only for the lovers of the circus. In their publications, many times you can find acknowledgements of those who until recently viewed the industry of the circus with a lot of reservations. Colleagues also express their gratitude to the artist for his efforts to defend the good name of the circus and show the profession from the inside.

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