Interview: Slava’s Snow Show creator Slava Polunin
'I wanted to try to get into those areas where clowning was not too often – tragic comedy, drama and poetic clowning'
This article is from 2014.
A perennial visitor to Scotland during the winter months, Slava’s Snow Show is a mix of clowning, mime and visual spectacular that has been a hit in over 80 countries. Its creator, Slava Polunin, explains its continued popularity.
Why do you think the Snow Show has captivated audiences?
I think it’s because we ‘talk’ in this show about those things which are very important for every single person, wherever he or she lives. Every person on earth understands what is love, friendship, loneliness. Everybody was a child and everyone has dreamed of getting back to that at least for a little while …
What made you decide to make the show originally?
I was managing my theatre for many years, I was an author, director, teacher, manager, dad and mum. Being an artist / actor was something where I succeeded much less than anywhere else. And finally there was a moment when I split up with my theatre and I was able to make a show, where I was a leading character. Besides, I wanted to try to get into those areas where clowning was not too often – tragic comedy, drama and poetic clowning. This adventure became very fascinating and successful.
Does the Snow Show fit in with your other work, which you perform in Russia?
The show lives on its own. I’m more busy with all my projects in Russia and all other countries. My part in the Snow Show often is performed by different actors, it’s quite rare when I perform myself and if I do – it’s only for my pleasure. This child [Snow Show] has grown up and has its own life.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Wed 3–Sat 6 Dec.