Mstislav Zapashnyy

Mstislav Mikhailovich Zapashnyy
Mstislav Mikhailovich was born Zapashnyy May 16 in 1938 in Leningrad. He belongs to the famous dynasty of circus artists, which began in 1882. But the head of the family of Mikhail Sergeyevich was opposed to his six children came out to the arena — he wanted all of them were educated and got a decent profession.

War found Mstislav with her sister Anna and brothers Walter and Igor in Leningrad, where they stayed with his grandmother. Evacuated from the siege of Leningrad, the family was in Saratov, where the shelter brothers Walter and Glory started rehearsing their own circus. Young acrobats courted a triumph of the Moscow Circus in 1947.

Gradually began to act together four brothers Zapashnyh. In 1954, they produced a number called "Acrobats voltigeurs", and in 1964 transformed the room, which was called "Acrobats voltigeurs on horseback," and it was the discovery of an entirely new genre in the circus arts. This number is on tour in France and Japan was awarded the world's top prizes.

In 1971, he graduated from the Directing Department of Mstislav GITISa.

Phone "Elephants and Tigers", created in Zapashny in 1977, became the first and only global spectacle, which were connected by two eternal enemies jungle. This stunning attraction was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of literature and art. And in 1991, he put the heroic and historic circus spectacle-pantomime of "Spartacus", which in its scale productions has no analogues in the world.

Other notable productions Mstislav Zapashnogo in which he was a director, and choreographer, performer and co-star — is air-magical attraction "To the Stars" (1970); rides: "Soyuz — Apollo" (1974), "Ball courage", "air flight", "Rope-walkers", themed circus performances "In the arena — Moscow" (1965), "Russian Winter" (1967-1968), "In the space age" (1970), "Spring Forward" (1971), "We are — circus performers" (1976), "Fair Wonderland "(1983)," Where the Motherland Begins "(1987)," Our Russian Circus "(1997).

Without breaking artistic activity in 1992, Mstislav Zapashnyy became artistic director and director of the Sochi State Circus and held this position until 2003. Also in the period from 1992 to 2009 he was CEO of Russian State Circus Company.

People's Artist of the RSFSR and the USSR, laureate of the State Prize of Russia, holder of the Order of Merit, "For Service to the FatherlandĀ» IV Degree, Peter the Great of I degree "Revival of Russia", "For the service of art" — Mstislav Mikhailovich awarded and many other awards and accolades.

Vice-President of the World Association of professional circus schools and a permanent member of the Commission under the President of the Russian Federation State Prize in Literature and Art — Zapashnyy constantly part of the jury at the world competitions in China, Monte Carlo, Paris, and has successfully developed a number of new large programs.

Today Mstislav Mikhailovich Zapashnyy lives in Sochi. His son, Mstislav Zapashnyy Jr. followed his father and works in a circus tiger tamer.