Vilen Vilyevich is the artistic director and founder of the Sports Theater Olymp-Peak, co-founder of the Sports Theater Cranes, an apologist for the concept of air ballet as an independent form of performing art. On October 3, 2016, he was appointed director - artistic director of the branch of the Russian State Circus Company - the Center for Circus Art in Izmailovo.

Vilen Golovko was born on January 16, 1958. In 1977 he graduated from GUTSEI. In 1987 he graduated from GITIS with a degree in Circus and Mass Performances Director

In 1985 he created a unique attraction "Cranes", which has been successfully touring all over the world to this day. day.

In 1995 Vilen Golovko was awarded the Gold Prize of the International Competition-Festival in Monte Carlo.

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In 1981. Vily Golovko, the chief director of the SoyuzGosCircus, came up with the idea to create an air flight based on the song by Jan Frenkel based on the poems of Rasul Gamzatov “It sometimes seems to me that soldiers from the bloody fields that did not come, did not fall into our land once, but turned into white cranes. With her, he turned to the talented director, designer and inventor Pyotr Maistrenko. Being a veteran of the Second World War, Maistrenko willingly set about writing the script, inventing the props, and directing the act. He dedicated this number to his comrades who died in the war. The head of the issue, the son of Vilya Golovko, who recently returned from the ranks of the SA, Vilen Golovko, was engaged in the search and recruitment of partners. The talented actor of the theater of plastic drama of Giedrius Matskyavichus, Valentin Gneushev, was invited as a plastic director, he was also engaged in the selection of musical works. For 4.5 years, the number was created at the Center for Circus Art. Over the years, the number has changed its appearance several times. Some ideas, through experiments and experiments, took root, and some had to be abandoned. Similar moments happened in the artistic environment, some of the artists, unable to withstand the load and a long rehearsal period, left, and the director himself said goodbye to someone, not seeing in them the potential for working in such a complex genre, the most persistent and capable eventually became the main cast numbers. The aerial flight of Cranes became the number with the longest rehearsal period in the history of the Union State Circus, it was repeatedly tried to & nbsp; close, but thanks to the producer and Chief Director of the Union State Circus Vily Golovko, who defended Zhuravlya having great authority in the circus world, the issue was released on March 25, 1985. 4.5 years of rehearsals were fully justified. A masterpiece of the world circus was born, an aerial ballet that told the story of the bodies of artists in the air about the fallen soldiers who fought for freedom and victory over fascism, backed up by world-class tricks, including a quadruple mortale performed by Peter Serdyukov. The advanced equipment of that time (light, electronic, technical) was created. The musical works of world composers were brilliantly selected, which were combined by the composer Alexander Slavin into one, which became the soundtrack for the number, the props were thought out that deviated from the traditional sizes and distances, with the correct swing technique, allowing to achieve the effect of hovering in the air. The cranes have flown all over the world, performing at the most prestigious venues such as the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin, Radio City Musichall in New York, the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow and many others. The cranes became prize-winners and winners of many circus festivals, including the international circus festival in Monte Carlo, having won the highest award there - the golden clown. In the circus world, this award can be compared to an Oscar in Hollywood or a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Over the years of the number's existence, Vilen Golovko formed a methodology for training professional trapeze artists and formed an air flight school, recognizable throughout the world. Vilen Golovko on the technique of performing the Cranes school, numbers were created both for the Russian circus and for foreign companies such as Cirque du Soleil shows Zarkana and Mystere., Ringling Brothers & amp; Barnum & amp; Bailey - flights on three arenas., Chimelong international Circus three-parallel flight, etc. To date, 12 air flights have been created by Vilen Golovko and the Cranes company. Hundreds of professional and non-professional athletes have gone through training in the air flight of Cranes, discovering a new profession for themselves and becoming professional artists for life who have associated themselves with this genre.


Circus artist, director, head of the circus performance aerial flight "Cranes" is a representative of the circus dynasty in the third generation. Prize-winner at various international circus festivals, winner of the "Artist of the Year" prize at the Chimelong International Circus in Guangzhou.

Winner of the "Most Improved Performance" prize of the Chimelong International Circus in Guangzhou.

He worked for Cirque du Soleil. Has appeared on the stages of the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow, Radio City Music Hall in New York, FriedrichStadtPalast in Berlin and many other world-class venues. 

Participant of the Gala Show dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Russian circus at the Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow.