By Dominique Jando
The Aniskin Troupe's flying actAny aerial act in which an acrobat is propelled in the air from one point to another. was created in 1996 by Oleg Aniskin at Circus Nikulin--“The Old Circus on Tsvetnoi Boulevard”--in Moscow. A 1988 graduate of Moscow's world-renown circus school (the State Circus and Variety College), Oleg Aniskin has worked with Vilen Golovko (The Flying Cranes) on the creation of The Firebirds, a spectacular flying actAny aerial act in which an acrobat is propelled in the air from one point to another. that was featured in the US with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey in 2003-2004. Oleg's wife Yana, also a graduate of Moscow's State Circus and Variety College, appeared with The Firebirds. The Aniskin Troupe has performed in various incarnations of the "Moscow Circus" on tour in Japan, Holland, Belgium, and in Germany in a production centered on the famous Russian clownGeneric term for all clowns and augustes. '''Specific:''' In Europe, the elegant, whiteface character who plays the role of the straight man to the Auguste in a clown team., Oleg Popov. When it was first featured, in 2002, at the Big Apple Circus in the US, the troupe included Oleg Aniskin (principal catcherIn an acrobatic or a flying act, the person whose role is to catch acrobats that have been propelled in the air.), Yana Aniskina, Vladimir Skrinichenko, Valery Larin, Artur Ishkulov and Oleg Kasatkin (flyers), and Aleksey Voytenko (second catcherIn an acrobatic or a flying act, the person whose role is to catch acrobats that have been propelled in the air.). The Aniskins’s trampoline act was created as a “second act” for the troupe.