Tightrope performance - Fifth-generation Russian tightrope walker


Tightrope performance Fifth-generation Russian tightrope walker

14:00 - 15:30
An event accompanying the exhibition Storeroom
As part of the Storeroom exhibition, Russian artist Rasul Abakarov will walk the tight rope in the museum on Sunday afternoon. Abakarov is a tightrope walker in the fifth generation, born in 1986 in Leningrad. The Russian traditional circus is very different from the more Western theatre circus as we know it. By telling his personal stories and showing his skills on the tight rope, he lets you take a glimpse of this world of family traditions and cultural heritage. 

After the performance some visitors will get the chance to balance on the tight rope themselves! This performance with a small workshop element is accessible for everyone from 8 years old. 

About Rasul Abakarov

Graduated from Saint Petersburg University of Culture and Arts. Started his creative activity in 1999. While working, travelled both around Russia and abroad. The first trip was with his father to Turkey. Then he began to tour four different countries a year. He visited Dubai, Germany, Kuwait, Sweden, Spain, Taiwan, Qatar, China, Japan, Italy, Syria, Greece, Belgium, etc.  'I am already the fifth generation of tightrope walkers in the family. But these are the ones I know for sure about, there might have been more. According to the family history, my ancestors performed at weddings and other celebrations, usually travelling around Central Asia. Right before the Second World War four young friends from the Tzovkra village had gotten into the Kiev circus. Unfortunately, two of them died at the front during the war. The other two, Yaraga Hajikurbanov and Rabadan Abakarov, survived. They both started great circus dynasties. All my relatives - uncles, great-grandfathers - all walked the tightrope. They performed in circuses around the world. My grandfather came to the Leningrad music hall in 1969. My father worked at the same place for 20 years. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg. I also worked for several years at the music hall, as well as at the circus and at the theater, but now I'm an independent artist and perform wherever they ask me to.’

Programme in English and Dutch (via translator)

Please make sure to make your reservation if you want to attend this programme.
Note that this is a supplement ticket of €5,- including a drink after the performance, but excluding museum entrance. 


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