Slava Polunin, Snow Show

Review in Issue 8-2 | Summer 1996

A clown entered wearing a loose bright yellow all-in-one suit with a red scarf, red shoes and nose. Hanging around his neck was a rope. He trundled along and pulled at the rope until eventually, at the other end, appeared another clown dressed in a long shabby coat, a beard and a hat with enormously extended ear flaps. Slava Polunin, the Russian clown performed his Snow Show with Angela de Castro, the Brazilian clown. Their relationship formed an excellent contrast of characters and costumes. The images created were beautiful, touching and humorous. For example, Slava fell in love with his coat as it hung on the hat stand. He then skilfully manipulated the coat with one arm inside a sleeve. The coat came alive; hugging and caressing him. Superb moments followed as he entered the auditorium to interact with the audience. The most spectacular was in the overdramatic dying scene after being shot by arrows. Slava leapt on the backs of the seats and aided by the audience he struck graceful poses.

There was some excellent clowning and touching images but the show as a whole did not flow. No obvious narrative existed and continual short unconnected scenes made the show disjointed. A human mannequin and a bizarre stiltwalker made an extremely brief appearance and one was left asking why? However, most of the audience gave a standing ovation and overall the Snow Show was spectacular.

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Date Seen
  1. Feb 1996

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