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About Mikhail Usov

Mikhail Usov - act with bird

Mikhail Usov has been entertaining audiences since 1983.

In 2009 Mikhail Usov joined Cirque du Soleil to work with writer and director Robert Lepage of Canada; he created a new character called “Fisherman” and performed for Cirque du Soleil’s Totem from its premier in 2010 until 2019. The character will continue to be performed by other artists, with Mikhail as a creator.

From the age of 16, Mikhail has been performing professionally. At 23, he graduated from the prestigious Moscow clown school in Izmaylovo. Soon after graduation, he co-founded MIKOS, which earned the Silver Prize at the 1st International Clown Festival in Moscow. MIKOS performed across Russia and Europe for fourteen years with Mikhail as a creator and principle performer. 

Mikhail Usov act with mannequin
As a clown in Europe Mikhail has performed for Wintergarten Variete in Berlin; Tiger Palast in Frankfurt-on Main; GOP-Group, Prinzregentheater in München; Friedrichbau Stuttgart, and Cirque du Soleil. Mikhail wrote two shows: Panopticum and Stadt der Träume (A City of Dreams). Both proved to be a commercial success in Germany with sold out shows for 18 months.


Mikhail won a silver medal at the The World Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow (Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain) with Cirque D’HIVER BOUGLIONE in 1995. And in July 1999 a gold medal at the International Clown Festival in Ostend, Belgium.

Mikhail performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Patrick Sebastian and Le Plus Grand Cabaret De Monde on TV5 in France. On German TV, he has appeared on Star in der Manege on TV ARD and  ZDF, and ARTE during the Traumtänzer Festival. Mikahil has been featured on BBC London, National TV China, TV in Croatia, and with the Circo Massimo, which creates circus performances to be broadcast across Italy and Europe. Mikhail has also, on three occasions, had the honor of performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Mikhail Usov has the distinction of working along side many creative people in the performing arts such as Robert Lepage (Canada), David Scheiner (USA), Tereza Durova (Russia), Anatoliy Zalevsky (Ukraine)

When Mikhail is not on tour, he lives in California with his family.

Mikhail Usov Inside Theatre