Classic production of 'Slava's Snowshow' to be staged in Shanghai

The timeless theatrical clowning classic is to be staged in Shanghai in tribute to Russian clown legend Slava Polunin.
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"Slava's Snowshow," a timeless theatrical clowning classic will be staged in Shanghai in tribute to Russian clown legend Slava Polunin.

The stage production of the show has turned out to be a theatrical classic of universal appeal since 1993. And the stunning spectacular is to be presented at the city's Daguan Theater from September 14 to 17.

Inspired by dreams and fairy tales, the performance combines elements of clowning, mime, dance and classic scores. Without a line, it boasts a distinctive charm of imagination, simplicity and innocent amazement. 

Created on the edge between art and life, tragedy and comedy, absurdity and naivety, cruelty and tenderness, the show has a power of taking every person back to a more innocent time.

Over the past years, the show has been staged in more than 30 countries and regions worldwide. It has been presented with approximately 20 of the world's most prestigious theatrical awards, including the Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Triumph and Golden Nose Awards.

Polunin, founder of the Academy of Fools and creator of the show, said he wanted to create a spectacle that would take people back to their childhood dreams.

"This show is my beloved child," Polunin said. "I hope we shall not part for many years to come, for this show still has not ceased to surprise and puzzle me by the innumerable mysteries it conceals. It can make you joyful and sad, make you laugh and move you to tears."

Polunin is also the most celebrated living clown in Russia. He is a People's Artist of Russia, the Hans Christian Anderson Ambassador to Russia and has been the director of the St Petersburg National Circus since 2013.

Over the decades, he has endlessly pioneered numerous theatrical productions for theaters and streets. He has created many international festivals and carnivals combining the most inventive street companies, and never stopped experimenting with films, books and "foolish" projects of all kinds.

In the eyes of the artist, clowning is a philosophy of life and clowns embody freedom. The show retains the tradition of the genre while it includes spontaneous improvisation to interact with audiences.


Date: September 14-15, 7:30pm; September 16-17, 2pm, 7:30pm

Tickets: 100-880 yuan  CLICK to buy tickets RIGHT NOW!

Tel: 5887-1234

Venue: Daguan Theater

Address: 3/F, Zendai Himalayas Center, Bldg 1, 1188 Fangdian Rd, Pudong New Area


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