Urbex/spelunking - a look around an abandoned Soviet-era circus theatre in Chisinau, Moldova.
And what a grand building it is. I have a feeling I recognise it, possibly from the film called Inside The Soviet Circus or something similar, but I think that was made just before this building was erected. Or maybe I've just seen this article before. Whatever it is, that looks a pretty impressive edifice in which to celebrate the circus arts.
And for those of you too blunted to read through the entire article, here's a link to some pictures of the place when it was still in use submitted by a local.
It feels familiar to me as well, but not so familiar that I’m certain I’ve seen it before.
Really does make me wish I could have seen a show there when it was at its peak though. Must have been a really interesting atmosphere.
Please correct me if I am wrong, but it seem that during 1920 to 1960 the primary big circus animal in American Circuses was the elephant, while in Russian Circuses it was the bear.
Ethics aside, using each type of animal has it's unique advantages and disadvantages. Which factors drove American circuses to choose elephants, while Russian circuses choose bears?
I'm going to guess that P.T. Barnum had a hand in popularising elephants in North America, since he made Jumbo internationally famous. And likewise the bear has been a symbol of Russian-ness for a very long time, has it not?
Bears don't take up much space or eat much. But they're a bit boring, not very impressive - the poor man's elephant. Also, bears aren't very intelligent and can't really stick up for themselves. Remember Nellie.. left the circus and even made the effort to say goodbye. Now that's a classy beast.
Bears need feeding pots of honey, whereas the capitalist north americans will have realised that they can sell the bags of peanuts to the public to feed to the elephants.
Bears are better as they can ride bicycles, while elephants have to drive cars.
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