Moscow Cats Theatre - The World's Only Feline Circus
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The last date listed for Moscow Cats Circus was Sunday April 8, 2007 / 4:00pm.
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The razor-sharp wit of famed stand-up Paula Poundstone will be on full display, as she slices and dices her way through an evening of keen cultural commentary. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off the crowd. It's also why she's the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where she's featured alongside some of the nation's leading pundits. She broke through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, and was both the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner and the first woman to win a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. Still knocking them dead as a headliner, Poundstone released her latest comedy disc, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston, in April 2013, and has recently toured as part of the A Prairie Home Companion live show. Learn More
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We love cats and old time theater, so we loved this. My 7 year-old was enthralled, but kids who aren't used to the slower pace might be bored. We know how hard it is to get cats to do anything, so we were very impressed and entertained. It is like an old vaudeville show.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Roll over, Cats. The real thing is here." --New York Times
- "Spec-cat-ular." --New York Post
- "This show is the cat's meow." --Newsday
<p>"Give all your kindness, all the good you have accumulated, to spectators" is the guiding principle of the Moscow-based Yuri Kuklachev's Cats Theatre. Its actors being exclusively toms and pussies, this is a theatre for all ages: children, their parents and grandparents are equally amazed, watching, their mouths open in surprise, what's happening on stage.
Kuklachev's successful debut on the Moscow circus arena immediately brought him into prominence. The audience burst into laughter when he came out onto the arena with a cat on his shoulder. His number disproved a widespread opinion that cats couldn't be trained. Today Kuklachev is one of Russia's most favorite and brightest clowns and animal trainers.
Thirteen years ago he decided to set up a cats theatre in Moscow. The Cat's House troupe numbers over 100 mewing actors of nearly all existing breeds. Once Kuklachev picked up cats in the streets, but now he breeds them. He agrees, however, that one cannot train cats, but says it's possible to find common language with them and then teach them something. All his cats do on stage stems from their natural behavior. Cats prefer night rehearsals, which is a little bit inconvenient for a trainer because he also has to work at night. Age doesn't really matter. Kuklachev's eldest artist nicknamed Sokol turned 25 recently. A nickname depends on personal traits. A cat, which is fond of potatoes, was nicknamed Kartoshka (potato). Another cat got the nickname Morkovka (carrot) because of her bright red fir. Some cats are pensioners: after performing for years, they "resigned", but often they run onto the stage when they hear a familiar tune. All cats live in spacious rooms - people may come and see what how "actors" spend their free time. Kuklachev confessed that he had learnt much from his pets.
"One must really love animals to work in our theatre", he says. "Normally, cats behave quietly and never harm people. They are so amazing, they must have come from some outer world to soften our hearts. Cats prompted me to write a book called "Lessons of Kindness". It contains reminiscences, amusing pictures and funny stories, and it's also an attempt to teach children to listen to their hearts as may cats taught me - to hear silence, to see the invisible, to see with one's heart…"</p> <p>Each show in the Cat's House is an unforgettable event. You laugh you head off all through the show. </p>