This is where my heart is – Oleg Spigin interview

Friday, 02 August 2019

This is where my heart is – Oleg Spigin interview

Oleg Spigin has been working in the world of circus since the age of seven. He first performed Washington Trapeze act in 1993 – for his “Legend” act he won the Golden Award of the 7th International Circus Festival “Golden Trick of Kobzov” and the Golden Award of the 2nd Israeli International Circus Festival; now he performs in our FlyingCircus show. We talked with him about why did he choose Washington Trapeze act, about his achievements and how did he get into contact with our FlyingCircus show?

You have been performing circus acts since you were seven – first with a Rola-Bola act. Could you tell us more about how did you get into the world of circus?

I started to work in circus because of my family. While my parents never worked in circus, my cousin and my grandmother did. They always talked about circus, I listened to their stories and I decided that I also want to work as an artist. So, I went to circus school, where I started to practice at the age of six, and by the age of seven, I started to perform Rola-Bola.

I performed this act for seven-eight years when my father asked me what I want? Do I want to work in circus? Do I want to go to college? I told him that I love the world of circus and he answered that in this case I should go to circus college, because it would give me a diploma and I would learn a new act. So, I went to circus college, I practiced for two years there before I started to perform my Washington Trapeze act.

Why did you choose to perform Washington Trapeze act?

When I went to circus college, I first practiced a duet with my partner. After six months practice, I realized that this is not what I want to do. After that my trainer suggested me to practice Washington Trapeze, first just to try it out. So, I tried it out, and I realized that this is what I want to do, this is, where my heart is. After that I practiced Washington Trapeze only. The best part of performing Washington Trapeze, that I can decide what I want to perform, and I do not have to adapt to another partner. Everything is my idea and my decision.

In 2002 the Ministry of Culture in Russia awarded you for the long-term work and achievements in the field of Culture and Art. Could you tell us more about it?

I was awarded with this certificate not only because of my long-term work in the field of circus art, but I also started a new trick for my Washington Trapeze performances. It was a complex act where I made quick rounds on the trapeze, standing with my teeth on a rotating trapezoid. It was actually the first time that this trick was performed by anyone in the world. So, it was an award for both my long-term and then recent achievements in the field of circus art.

You have won the Golden Award of the 7th International Circus Festival “Golden Trick of Kobzov” and the Golden Award of the 2nd Israeli International Circus Festival with your “Legend” Washington Trapeze-production. Could you tell us more about it?

Well, I already won Bronze and Silver Awards in festivals before that, but yes, I won the Golden Award in 2018 in the “Golden Trick of Kobzov” festival. I had a new trick that I performed there, I made big circles on Washington Trapeze standing with my teeth on a large air circle of the trapezium. I was also the one in this case as well who performed this trick in the world for the first time. However, I won the Golden Award of the 2nd Israeli International Circus Festival before I created this new trick for my Washington Trapeze act, so it was different in that regard.

What attracted you in our FlyingCircus show?

I really like this show, it is full of good acts, artists and performers, so it feels really good to be the part of it. I came into contact with FlyingCircus through the director, Kristian Kristof – we have worked together for the first time five years ago. After that I went to the “Golden Trick of Kobzov” festival where Kristian saw my new trick. He immediately invited me to Budapest for his new show. I accepted gladly, because this is the first time I perform here in Budapest. I like this city a lot, I already visited museums here! I am really glad, that I perform here.

Daniel Pusztai

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