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Unformatted text preview: UC7. The high-wire act is also a Ringling
mainstay — and an act that can result
in senous injury. Russian husband
and wife team Alexandre “Sash?
Mednikov and Fatima Gadjkourba
nova, along with their colleague lgor
Arefiev. perform a spine-tingling
series of stunts, including one in
which Igor carries the two-person col
umn of Faunia and [gor on his shoul
ders until a blindfolded Sasha stands
on the wire and launches into a back
ward somersauLt. The act’s inherent
hazardousness is best illustrated by an
incident that occurred in 1983 during
a cerformance in Kazak’nstan while
the’, Were zertorrmng with a Russian
arr,us. A bok broke off from the high
wire apparatus. sending Sasha plum
meting to the ground, fracturing his
pelvis. Although doctors predicted the
injury would end his career. Sasha
fought back to full recovery, and six
months later was once again on the
Ringling also features: trapeze acts
by the Flying Vargas and the Flying
Alvarez family troupes who have per
fected their art over generations: The
Boulibekov Riders, master horseriders
from Kazakhstan; and an assortment
of gymnasts and dancers. Each per
forinance requires expert training and
precise timing. For example. in one
act Orinbasar Kurmanbaev of The
Boulibekov Riders climbs off the
horses saddle and slides under its
belly, then crawls back onto the
mount from the other side — all
while the horse is in lull gallop. A
truly perilous feat, and in 20 years.
Mr. Kurmanbaev has never fallen.
Animal acts, of course, are an inte
gral part of The Greatest Show on
Earth.” But when human perfonners
mingle with animals such as cle
phants. tigers and lions, danger lurks
at every corner. Current Ringling ani
- 0 maL acts include the lion and elephant
shows of Graham Thomas
Chipperfield. Born into a family that
owns the oldest circu in Britain, Mr.
Chipperfield’s lion act involves a
number of perilous feats, including
crouching in the lion cage as a 350pound lioness Leaps over him. Mr.
Chipperuields elephant acts also
involve several riveting tricks, but per
haps none more exciting than the
Terrifying Teeterboard Takeoff, in
which one elephant strikes the teeterboard w...
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2014 for the course RMI 2101 taught by Professor Gary during the Fall '10 term at Temple.
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