Clowns in the Desert

Kim Palchikoff
Award-winning writer Kim Palchikoff fell in love with the Moscow Circus when it came to her small American town in 1990. After following them back to Moscow, she spent a decade working for the American media during the day and watching circus shows at night. Now based in Washington DC, she is still in love with Russia's famous, zany, wacky, one-of-a-kind circus and continues to write about them.
The Bear's Kiss, part two

The Bear's Kiss, part two

March 3, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

I met with Sergei Bodrov Sr. in the Moscow Circus after his film “Prisoner of the Caucuses” was nominated for Nika awards, the Russian version of Oscar

The Bear's Kiss, part one

The Bear's Kiss, part one

March 2, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

The saga began in Moscow in 1997, backstage at the Nika awards, the Russian version of the Academy Awards

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

February 21, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

Kim Palchikoff speaks out on the world circus capital

Finding myself in the Moscow Circus

Finding myself in the Moscow Circus

January 22, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

When times got hard for me, I turned to the best healing agent I could find: The Russian circus

Nostalgia for a common Russian home

Nostalgia for a common Russian home

August 8, 2013 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

The word nostalgia in the Russian culture plays a big role. In the ten years that I lived in Moscow, it seemed like everyone was always nostalgic for something

Moscow Circus lacks a presence abroad

Moscow Circus lacks a presence abroad

August 6, 2013 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

This summer, the U.S. hosted several big circus performances - from the New York-based Big Apple company, all the way to the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China. The only big top missing was that of the Moscow Circus

The Red Ring of Facebook

The Red Ring of Facebook

August 1, 2013 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

In the world of circus these days, it’s all about Facebook. And why not? In a profession that is based on travel, on lives built in different countries, performers keep in touch through modern technology

Cultural exchange builds relationships

Cultural exchange builds relationships

May 15, 2012 Kim Palchikoff

In April, I interviewed former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones, who is now senior vice president of communications and government relations for Harrahs Hotels & Casinos, which has its own circus show on the Strip. Absinthe, a tent circus show

Defined by global culture

Defined by global culture

March 16, 2012 Kim Palchikoff

The longstanding tradition of citizen diplomacy, once a popular means of improving relations between Moscow and Washington, has come back again

Remembering a Master Comic

Remembering a Master Comic

March 6, 2012 Kim Palchikoff

Yury Nikulin had the power to bring together some disparate figures – in the Soviet Union and the United States

Russian clowns

Russian clowns

January 11, 2012 Kim Palchikoff

What was once known as the classical Russian circus has now become something more akin to characters you’ll find in a theater – odd, creative, esoteric even.

Just throwing some balls in the air?

Just throwing some balls in the air?

December 8, 2011 Kim Palchikoff

Kim Palchikoff's recent post about a Russian talented juggler proves that juggling circus genre is pretty challenging

Clowns in the concerts

Clowns in the concerts

October 6, 2011 Kim Palchikoff

Circus performers don't limit themselves to specific venues - they often show off their talent in unexpected places

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