In The Spotlight
Nikolai Pavlenko is arguably the greatest tiger trainer of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His fluid presentation without any of the trappings traditionally used by , his focus on featuring the beauty and talent of his animals above the personality of their trainer, the large number of tigers featured in his groups, his remarkable achievements in matters of training, and the sheer artistry of his presentations make him indeed an outstanding circus artist.
Nikolai Karpovich Pavlenko was born November 21, 1943 in Severodonetsk, in southwestern Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union). He began his career with wild animals in 1960, at age seventeen, working as an animal keeper for the Zoo-Circus (Зоо-Цирк), an ensemble of traveling menageries and trained-animal exhibitions created in 1957 by SoyuzGosTsirk, the USSR central circus organization, to visit the cities of the vast Soviet Union that didn’t have a zoo or a permanent circus. Like Pavlenko, many great Russian animal trainers made their apprenticeship in the Zoo-Circus organization.... (more...)
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- Nikolai Pavlenko, Animal Trainer
- The Durov Dynasty, , Animal Trainers
- The Circuses Of Moscow, History
- Menno Van Dyke, Juggler
- Lola Dobritch, Act (1960)
- Tatiana Ozhiganova, (2013)
- Shandong Acrobatic Troupe, Foot Juggling (2007)
- Simet Trio, Act (2013)
- Uvve Jansson, Swinging Trapeze (2011)
Featured Oral Histories
- Nikolai Pavlenko, tiger trainer - Interview (RIA Novosti, 2012)
- Alberto Zoppé, Equestrian - Interview (McCutcheon & Distasio, 2003)
- Olivier Taquin, Mime - Interview (Jando, 2008)
- Barry Lubin, (Grandma) - Interview (Jando, 2008)
- Fumagalli, - Interview (Jando, 2008)
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