Created by renowned Russian clown Slava Polunin, the multi award-winning show is a breathtaking spectacle of beautifully crafted comic images.
Polunin created the show in 1993 following his sensational performance as part of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, drawing on the influence of artists such as Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau and Leonid Engibarov. He and his company of clowns have taken clowning out of the world of circus and brought it into the theatre.
A fusion of traditional and contemporary theatrical clowning arts, and a beautifully crafted visual spectacle, the show has thrilled over millions of people in more than 30 countries and 120 cities.
The show brilliantly creates a world of wonderment and fantasy that transports audiences to a joyous dream-like place. Scenes include a bed becoming a boat in a storm-tossed sea; a woman wrapped in cellophane and becoming flowers in a vase; a child walking in amazement inside a bubble; Slava boarding a train and then becoming the train, his chimney pot hat billowing smoke; and a web of unspun cotton enveloping the audience.
The stunning finale sees a letter turning into snowflakes, and the flakes turning into a snowstorm, which whirls around the auditorium, leaving the audience ankle-deep in snow.
The show has garnered worldwide popular and critical acclaim, as well as a growing number of awards. These include a Tony nomination for Special Theatrical Event in 2009 and winning the Drama Desk Award in 2005 for Unique Theatrical Experience in the US; the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment (1998) and the Time Out Award (1994) in the UK; the Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre (2000) in Australia; as well as a host of other awards in Russia, France, Mexico, Denmark, Spain and the UK.
The show has been lauded as “a theatre classic of the 20th century” by The Times in London, with Polunin praised as “the best clown in the world”.
- Tuesday to Friday: 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 2pm & 8pm
$65, $95, $125 and $150 available from SISTIC
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