Slava Polunin, great clown
Slava Polunin was born 12 June 1950. He is a Russian performance artist and clown, the creator of the stage spectacles, Asisyai-revue, Slava’s Snowshow and Diabolo.
Reporter: What’s your job?
Slava Polunin: I’ve been a “fool” for many years.
R.: What’s your main character trait?
S.P.: I’m unique!
R.: Where is your home?
S.P.: Any place where the evening finds me.
R.: Who can be a true clown?
S.P.: All of us are true clowns, even if we don’t want to be.
R.: What’s your motto?
S.P.: To be a clown whenever I can.
R.: What’s your attitude to life?
S.P.: I don’t have regrets…
You’ve just read an interview with Slava Polunin who is generally recognized as one of the greatest living clowns. He is one of those rare artists who have climbed to the top of their chosen profession. This is how the newspaper “The Irish Times” has described this world famous mime actor. One of his most successful productions has
been the “Snow Show”, which began in 1996 in Britain. A well-known Russian artist and fashion designer Mikhail Shemyakin made some fantastic costumes for Slava’s “Snow Show”.
The “Snow Show” can transform adults into wide-eyed children.
Slava was born in a small place in Central Russia. As a boy, he was fond of playing snowballs and making tunnels under the snow. In his “Snow Show” Slava realized the fantasy of his childish games as a mime actor.
Mime traditionally means acting without words. Mime artists believe that they can communicate without language — speak with their bodies. Slava Polunin believes that you can do a show without words but if it needs a word, it’s better to put one in.
The “Play-Makers group”, founded by Slava Polunin, is known all over Russia and the world. They have traveled through more than 20 countries. Over 25 years they have made unbelievable progress and have become a national attraction. Their theatrical characters are known to everyone in Russia.
Polunins show is constantly changing. Each show is so different from another that “If you watch the show once a year, you will see that each time, it’s a new one,” says Slava Polunin.
He has earned many prestigious awards including Gold Angle (Scotland), Gold Nose (Spain), Triumph (Russia) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment (1998).
His official site