The Russian Circus: behind the scenes of one of the world's greatest circus's.

©Patricia Lanza

The Russian Circus: The Golden era of the Soviet State Circus, when the Soviet Union covered ten time zones. Lenin signed a decree nationalizing the circus in 1919, and the circus grew to include 10 circus buildings

25,000 employees, a circus school in Moscow and a costume factory, and an impressive roster of circus stars. Many of the best talents of the circus now perform in the Cirque de Soleil, since the Soviet State Circus was disbanded, after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in the 1990's.


 Date of event July 29, 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 6:30 - 10:00 PM.



Reservations: (626) 794-7447 (Required at least 5 days prior to the event



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Non members: $59 at least (5) days in advance. $65 at the door, only if space is available.



Director of Talent and Content

The Annenberg Space for Photography

Los Angeles, California


ATRICIA LANZA,  began her career at the National Geographic Society first as a photo researcher, than as a photography editor, followed by eight years as a contract photographer where she had over 700 pictures published.  Assignments have taken her to 48 countries for a variety of national and international clients and publications.


In 2005, she researched and developed an initiative for Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Annenberg Foundation, on the uses of photography and digital media.


 She has assisted with the development of the Annenberg Space for Photography, which opened in 2009, in Los Angeles.  The Annenberg Space for Photography is dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography featuring state-of-the-art high definition technology. An original documentary film is produced to accompany each print exhibition. Under the Directorship of Wallis Annenberg, Patricia Lanza is responsible for carry out the vision through themed programming and photographic exhibitions.


The Annenberg Space for Photography has won many awards; including the Lucie Award, for the exhibition of the year, Beauty Culture.

Accompanying this exhibition was the documentary film, directed by Lauren Greenfield. This film was selected by the Tribeca Film Festival and also placed in nomination for an Academy Award. Many of our original film productions have garnered awards, and were selected for preview in film festivals worldwide.




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