Saturday, October 27, 2018

Great Moscow Circus 2018 @ Marina Bay, Singapore

The Great Moscow Circus is back in Singapore!! *throws confetti*

For the first time in over 10 years, The Great Moscow Circus returns to Singapore with over 45 Russian & international performers renowned world-wide for their theatrical flair and breath-taking talents. Acrobats, clowns, jugglers, daredevils... all the amazing circus stars you expect at a world-class circus are here!!

We've been to the circus a few times, but the last time we did was in 2015 for Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM.

Oh my! That was 3 years ago, so I definitely didn't want to miss the circus this time round when they came back to town.

I figured it would be a special treat for our little P3 girl who is in the midst of her end-of-year exams too. Yeah, she has 3 more papers coming up on Monday and Tuesday, but she has been working hard and really deserves this little break.

Perhaps she might even be inspired by what she experiences at the captivating circus that's a thrill for the mind, eyes and ears to do even better in her coming papers!! After all, not every lesson is learnt in the classroom or read from books..

The Great Moscow Circus takes place in a specially set up red and white Big Top Tent beside Marina Bay Sands. 

Our show started at 7.30pm but we reached the area around 7pm to find parking, grab some snacks {popcorn, candy floss etc.}, go to the restrooms, look at the merchandise and just settle in leisurely.

There were many souvenirs sold like T-shirts, headbands, fans etc. The lighted wands were a hit with the kids.

The drinks and snacks were slightly pricey, as you would expect at a performance like this. Bottled water cost S$3, juice is S$4, soft drinks is S$5 while a small container of mixed nuts is $6, popcorn and candy floss cost S$8 each.

There are no finger food like hot dogs, nachos or chips available so do have a full meal before going to The Great Moscow Circus.

We were seated in Section D, row J. It's about 4 rows from the last row.

I've been to enough performances to remember to get a booster seat for Lil Pumpkin so asked the friendly ushers to get her one. She came back with this cushion haha...

Not much of a "booster" but at least it makes the hard plastic seat much more comfortable. For really small kids, you might want to get two.

This is the seating plan inside the Big Top tent. Most of the acts faced our side, Section D, even though the performers move around. This would be considered the "front". However, most of the audience participation/ games e.g. giant rubber ball tossing, took place in Sections F, E, B and C.

Ringside is obviously right next to all the action, but those seats aren't tiered.. just 3 rows one after another, and you'd have to lift you head up to catch a lot of the acts so might not be that comfy.

It's quite a cozy one-ring circus tent, so I reckon that almost all the seats will have a good view, even in the last row, as the seats are tiered. Unless you bought a restricted view seat, of course.

Acoustics is at a comfortable level too - we could hear everything and it's not jarring on the ears, even for the last act involving motorcycles.

This is the view from our seats.

Quite a good angle and had a relaxing eye level to see all the acts. I liked that we didn't have to strain the neck too much to catch the performances that took place at greater heights.

The Great Moscow Circus blends traditional and new circus acts for an exhilarating 2.5hrs show.

Mixing clowns and acrobatic artists with daredevil motorcyclists, death-defying aerial stunts and illusion, the high-octane show is guaranteed to keep every family member on the edge of their seats.

The show, which contains no animal acts, features 16 heart-pounding acts which capture all the thrills and fun of the circus of yesteryear with all the skills of today’s circus heroes.

We expected to see every possible circus favourite including the funniest clowns, the most daring acrobats, breathtaking daredevils, aerial artists, balancers, jugglers and more – all supported by a live circus band... and yes, they delivered.

There certainly was something for everyone, from young to old! (*^▽^*)

Personally, I don't like clowns much. Maybe thanks to horror shows like 'It' or 'Clownhouse', they seem rather creepy or too weird for my taste.

Even if they fail to freak me out, their jokes usually fall flat on me #oops I don't laugh easily at clown jokes and it's a wonder if you don't find me cringing, but The Great Moscow Circus clowns, Shindrov and Vas, are certainly hilarious! Throughout the night, Shindrov & Vas popped into the ring every now and then to get a couple chuckles out of the crowd in between acts.

Even the ringmaster, Stav, was such a hoot!

By the end of the show my jaws were aching hehehe... The children, especially Lil Pumpkin, really loved The Great Moscow Circus clowns. She laughed and laughed so much!! It certainly was a joy seeing her have so much fun!

The clowns' costumes weren't over-the-top silly {you know, the big-shoes-white-painted-face-big-hair kind}, and their great interaction with the audience definitely made them more endearing to the crowd. If you're thinking of going with your kids, the clowns would definitely appeal to them. 

Acrobatic performances are my favourite at the circus ヽ( ★ω★)ノ

Highlights at The Great Moscow Circus include a Russian aerialist duo who spin and twist gracefully in the air without any safety net or wires as back-up, energetic "jesters" who tumbled and leaped across the ring unceasingly, and The Rubber Man contortionist who makes you wonder if there are any bones in his body...???

Hands-down, the acrobatic act involving 2 double wheels suspended in the air while 4 acrobats performed fearless acts all over them, sometimes even blindfolded {!!}, were our family favourite!

The boy said that his hands were literally sweating for them hahaha (/^▽^)/

The Globe of Death is the climactic end event where 4 motorcyclists speed around inside a giant steel ball. It is loud, fast, and reminded me of the first time I saw live motorcycle stunts at Monster Jam last year.

All of us felt such an adrenaline rush watching them and I was on the edge of my seats the whole time!

Also, I was very impressed that one of the motorcyclists was a girl!! I mean, yeah girls can do anything, but nonetheless, I really admired her courage and skills in performing so well in this traditionally male-dominated sport, especially when it's so much, much more dangerous than usual.

*SPOILER ALERT* This was the only act that I took a video of as I wanted to try and be fully present, and enjoy the whole experience with my family without holding on to a camera trying to get that perfect shot or watching it through a small screen.

If you're not able to view the video, please watch The Globe of Death motorcycle act on my Youtube channel. Don't watch it if you plan to go down and want to be thrilled by it for the very first time!

Overall, The Great Moscow Circus was programmed seamlessly. The show moved swiftly, never dull, and there certainly were many "wow! how did they do that??" moments.

The performers were amazing, but credit must really be given to the backstage crew too for diligently setting up and dismantling all the performance props like clockwork before and after each act. Because of them, the starting {7.45pm}, interval {9pm} and end time {10.30pm} were all precise.

If you've been to any Cirque Du Soleil performances or other "modern" circus performances, you might compare and think that The Great Moscow Circus is nowhere as sophisticated, artistic or technologically enhanced, but I reckon that's the beauty of it.

We like the wholesomeness of The Great Moscow Circus. We like the emphasis on the human element. We like how each performer shined through their own talents in each act. We like how they might fail some of the tricks, but they still smiled and made sure that the show went on.

This video is a sneak peek of the actual Great Moscow Circus performance. If you are captivated after watching it, imagine how it was for us seeing the show live! σ(≧ε≦o)

If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would probably see more magic in everything but unfortunately nowadays, in our age of advancement and high technology, it takes a lot for us to be overwhelmed with amazement.

Going to The Great Moscow Circus may just make you believe in magic again as for those few hours, you're brought into a place where reality is suspended and you're witnessing extraordinary displays of the human body pushed to exhilarating limits.

So if you yearn to have a truly magical, fascinating time, make sure you don't miss this opportunity to see The Great Moscow Circus while it's here! Who know if it will take another 10 years before it returns??

Even better if you bring the kids along as they are such to make the experience even more memorable! It certainly made my heart sing with joy when I heard Lil Pumpkin's numerous fits of uninhibited laughter last night.


Tips:

  • The Big Top tent opens 1 hour before show time. Arrive at least 30 minutes before to buy snacks and find your seats. 
  • Comfortable padded kids booster cushions are available. Ask to borrow from your usher early. 
  • Bags are checked at the main entrance. 
  • The tent is air-conditioned {but seats are pretty tight} so wear comfortable, smart casual clothing.
  • Not recommended to wear heels as you'll have to walk on wooden planks. 
  • Do not bother to bring strollers/ prams inside as there's no place to store.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside the tent.
  • Photography {no flash}, video recording and audio recording is allowed.
  • Use the restrooms at MBS to avoid the crowd. Port-o-lets {handicapped persons' cubicles available} are at sides of the tent but queues can be long!
  • Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase on the outside of both sides of the tent. Eat full meals before watching. 
  • The Great Moscow Circus merchandise sold on site. Look out for the gift counters in the drinks/food containers. 
  • Try to avoid side seats as the performance is mostly designed for center audience {even though the stage is round} and you may miss parts of the performance.


The Great Moscow Circus Singapore 2018
The Mighty Big Top at Bayfront Avenue, next to Marina Bay Sands.
Event period: 25 Oct 18 - 23 Nov 18
Ticket Price {excl. booking fee}:  S$65 - S$155 {adults}, S$55 - S$135 {child}, S$55 - S$135
Time: 7.30pm {Tue - Fri}, 12pm, 4pm, 7.30pm {Sat} 11am, 3pm, 6.30pm {Sun} 12pm, 4pm {PH}
Duration: 2.5 hrs {incl. 20 minutes interval}
Website: http://www.great-moscow-circus.com/
*Kids under 3 years old may be admitted free of charge & must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian. Kids aged 3 years and above require a ticket for admission. Wheelchair section available in the front row.

Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore too. More The Great Moscow Circus pics and vids on my Instagram Stories Highlight Reel - look for MoscowCircus SG folder.

* Disclosure: Unless otherwise stated, images belong to The Great Moscow Circus. All opinions are my own.


2 comments:

Small Kucing said...

I think they came to Msia Before. Very nice performance

alissa apel said...

WOW so cool! We don't have that one here.

I like the circus when it's mostly people doing the tricks. When other animals are in there I have mixed feelings.