"Born in 1950 in Novosil, between Moscow and the Black Sea, a town so small that circuses didn't stop there, Mr. Polunin got his first glimpse of clowns at the movies. But it wasn't the great Russian clowns - Karandash, Popov, Engibarov or Durov - who influenced him. It was Charlie Chaplin. "I was 12 when I saw "The Kid,' " he said. "I just loved him." After moving to St. Petersburg to study engineering to satisfy his mother ("First become an engineer, then you can become anything you want," she told him), he performed in music halls by night. When his mother saw her smiling son onstage, surrounded by beautiful women, as members of the audience leaped from their seats to applaud, she said: "All right. You don't have to be an engineer.""(NYT | Theater |A Late-Summer Blizzard Hits East 17th Street By LIESL SCHILLINGER )
:: note :: . . . how many of us take the courage to follow our dreams . . . the school term begins . . . i resolve to keep the dreams alive . . . to all in their beginnings: dare to dream . . .