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Friday, March 16, 2018

Dreamed and life is not lived in vain: died Mstislav Zapashny

Scary that Mstislav Zapashny died — he lived a long, supernational life in recent years was already sick (what a circus always prefer to remain silent). It is terrible that people of this magnitude in the arts in General very little today. The M. M. was instituted on the deed. As an artist he climbed one hill after another, without resting on their laurels. He was a lion, he was a tiger, with typical grace, passion, nobility — He took an incredible height in a straight (when he was an acrobat) and figuratively. Looking at the current cultural horizon, looking at the gentlemen of the theater, art, movies with huge fees, so I want to ask — where are you, passionate and noble lions? About you that no one would write such…

photo: Mikhail Kovalev

— Mstislav Mikhailovich is one of the greatest artists and personalities of circus art on the Soviet and Russian space, ” says his nephew Edgard Zapashny, a number of achievements, which he has done in his long life, truly Grand. Before becoming a trainer, Mstislav with his brothers and sister very successfully acted as acrobats, became winners of the world festival of youth and students, they were awarded gold medals… Loudly declared itself.

But he did not stop?

— No complicated tricks, creating a room “Acrobats-voltiger”; moved it to work with the horses. In the future, Mstislav Mikhailovich worked on air room “To the stars!”, later and redid it complicated, in conjunction with the docking of spacecraft “Soyuz” — “Apollo”. We then purchased two elephants, tigers, intending to make a stunning big attraction “elephants and tigers in the same cage”. Later — released circus pantomime, “Spartacus”, a series of Christmas performances, and “Well, pogodi!”, and “the Magic lamp of Aladdin” and “the adventures of Sinbad the sailor”…

— That is was all his life a devotee, not sitting in one place, on one line. Constant search-search-search

He’s never complacent, constantly was burning with creativity, constantly dreaming of something bigger, filled up the leadership of soyuzgostsirk new scenarios (he, for example, is the release of an ambitious project “Tigers on balls”), and such feats it very much. Many years later he was the Director of the Sochi circus, and since 2003 has headed the company “Rosgostsirk”, but leaving this post for leadership positions never came back… he lived the last time in Sochi, he has done three operations. In Sochi and died.

— Many young he will be remembered as the head of the Circus company…

— Head it was hard, somewhere contradictory. Sometimes criticized his colleagues, including from my brother, because we always shared the concept of “family” and “work”. But I will highlight the main thing: if a circus does at least 1/10 of what did Mstislav, it will be a great creative career, then you can safely say that his life was not lived in vain. His destiny is to the highest artistic level and to repeat its achievement is very difficult, and many never succeed. Because it is talent coupled with the ability to pass through the most serious difficulties, insane dedication. Mstislav Mikhailovich was a very ambitious man, but he clearly knew what he is doing. He is one of the greatest circus personalities not only in Russia but throughout the world.

A visitation will be held at the Great Moscow circus. Date time — specified. And he bequeathed to bury him next to mom…


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