The Russian troupe had previously performed in Hungary in 2003 and 2007 but this time they arrived with a new programme, said Krisztian Kristof. Schevchenko, a young director, has created new choreographies and costumes, and live music has been added to the show in Budapest, he said.
The Russian troupe's past stints in Budapest were among the most successful circus performances in the city in recent years, he said. The production features acts in water, air and on the stage, which poses great technical challenges, Kristof said.
Sergey Prinetsky, a Russian acrobat from the troupe, told MTI that he was glad to be able to perform in Budapest for the third time. He said he had been working in the circus since he was 13 and described his acts involving a crocodile and a snake "rather dangerous." Reptiles cannot be properly trained but one needs to observe their habits and behaviour, he added.