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 Leonid Yengibarov

Born:   March 15, 1935
Deceased:   July 25, 1972

Circus clown, mime artist.


Creativity of Leonid Yengibarov stands apart in all the circus art; his works can hardly be limited to any particular genre or style.

Leonid Yengibarov with his unique personality has created an inimitable image of a sad philosophic and poetic buffoon. His reprises did not set it the main objective to provoke as much laughter as possible, but rather to make the viewers think and reflect.

Starting from his very first steps on the circus arena the controversial clown raised mixed feelings and feedback of the audience and his colleagues. His role was so unusual that rejection was the first reaction of spectators. So, initially even the legendary clown Yuri Nikulin did not appreciate him enough. However, when one could look closer and ponder upon what this strange mime was offering to viewers, rejection inevitably gave way to admiration.
Thus, Leonid Yengibarov got a surprisingly poetical nickname, which suited his creative identity very well: “a clown with autumn in his heart”. In most paradoxical ways Yengibarov’s work was associated with creativity of Nikolay Gogol, one of the most complicated Russian writers. Throughout his short professional life the clown created a number of one-of-a-kind stunts (such as Boxing, Plates, Thirst, etc.).
Leonid Yengibarov appeared on screen as well. Moreover, he wrote his sad and unusual prose. In addition to that, he combined successful work in circus and on theater stage, which no other clown ever managed to do. His solo performance Meteor Shower premiered at the Variety Theater in 1971.
On July 25, 1972 Leonid Engibarov died of an extensive heart attack, in front of his mother at home. He was laid down to rest at the Vagankovo Cemetery in Moscow on July 28, 1972.

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