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.
It's all in the family

It's all in the family

February 6, 2015 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

Armenian circus performer Tatevik Seyranyan on life as a contortionist

The kisses of a clown

The kisses of a clown

December 15, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

Sometimes there are things clowns can teach us about humanity

Juggling with Vladik

Juggling with Vladik

December 4, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

Meet Vladik. One of the best jugglers in the world

Giving thanks to the Russian circus performers

Giving thanks to the Russian circus performers

November 27, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

Although the Thanksgiving holiday is not celebrated in Russia, back in America, today's national holiday of thanks is a time when we are grateful to those who have changed our lives whether they know it or not

Hail to the circus photographers!

Hail to the circus photographers!

November 21, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

Russia’s Igor Tabakov is known for his shots of Moscow, which some days include objects like clowns sitting on a park bench

Good night, Vietnam!

Good night, Vietnam!

August 13, 2014 Kim Palchikoff, special to RBTH

On Robin Williams’ turn as a circus performer in Moscow on the Hudson

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

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