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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