Slava’s Snowshow:a classic in the XX century theatre

Winter is closing up opening the way to spring.

What’s better  than celebrating  the  changeover of seasons with “SnowShow “ by Slava Polunin?  The extraordinary Russian artist   is  just now landing in Florence at the Teatro Verdi.   His clowns and magic balloons  will conjure up hidden and neglected worlds  up to Sunday the 2 0th of March 2011. Even if the setting  is  an icy background its snow warms  up the heart- somebody said. This fairytale   speaks to us of the eternal existential  issues: dream, hope, wish and disillusionment. Continually playing on the borders between art and life, the performance builds up a theatrical event, made up of   tragedy and comedy, cruelty and tenderness.

 “The Times “has defined it  a show of rare beauty, absolutely not  to be missed and ”The Indipendent “a  simply unique masterwork,  which fills the eyes with joy.  Slava Polunin   can successfully   carry us into a suspended time. With our  eyes full of wonders        in front a snowfall we are enthralled by a continuously changing show which  skillfully mix  music, images and sound. The protagonist  is  Asisyai,  an original,  gentle and poetic character who has not forgotten the lessons  of Leonid Engibarov,  Marcel Marceau and Charlie Chaplin. Because of  his noble family background Asisyai is able to leave the circus and the street and get with full honours onto the stage in spite of his oversizedly funny yellow overall  and his clownish  red slippers.  The magic of the theatre , the overcontrolled gesture of the clown turn  his melancholic solitude  into a metaphor while the great snowball he  pushes forwards becomes a sort of myth of Sisyphus on the notes of Carmina Burana.
Why not enjoying  the magic show this weekend? You might take the opportunity of exploring Florence and its superb monuments as well.

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