Ask anyone which is the show to see at QPAC in Brisbane this year, and the answer will be Slava’s Snowshow, or at least that has been my experience. After touring around the globe for decades, this show of one wise and wilful yellow clown and crowds of silly and splendid green clowns has once again graced our city with its magnificence, and it really is not to be missed.
As is the form of great clowning, Slava’s Snowshow taps into the very darkness and lightness within all of us, sampling human nature at its purest. A series of simple vignettes set in a snowy wonderland, it talks of the difficulties, intricacies and joys of human relationships, the power of nature on our lives and landscape and the beauty of curiosity and the unstoppable human will to discover and learn. The silliness of the clowns offsets the seriousness of their subjects, allowing children and adults alike to be at once delighted and effected by this show.
Of course it must be mentioned that the set and visual design of Slava’s Snowshow is something to be marvelled at. Fluttery paper snow blankets the floor of the theatre as the audience enters, piles of it picked up and thrown around by children already entertained before the houselights have gone down. At one point during the show thousands of bubbles fill the air, at another snow floats down upon the audience’s heads. A magical and tragic moment is captured when the yellow clown finds himself lost in a snowstorm, the walls of a dark, dense forest closing in on him and leaving him, in this theatre full of an audience completely devoted to his cause, still utterly sad and alone.
Slava’s Snowshow is a triumph of craft, a testament to the power of theatre and a tribute to the great clown and performance artists of the past who have inspired the show and its creators. One of those rare experiences which will be unique to every watching individual but which has the power to bond each person together, Slava’s Snowshow.
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises with Slava and Gwenael Allan presents
Created and staged by Slava Polunin
Venue: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Dates: 26 – 30 June, 2013
Bookings: QPAC 136 246 | qpac.com.au