Lyric Theatre, APA
Reviewed: Dec 13
Created by Russian clown and mime master Slava Polunin, Slava's Snowshow is not your conventional circus-style production. There's no slapstick and the clowns are downtrodden and scary creatures.
The show opens with Slava the Clown (Polunin) in a cheery bright yellow outfit with a noose around his neck. He fails to hang himself because at the other end of the long rope is another suicidal clown with a noose around his neck. This sets the surreal tone for the rest of the 90-minute performance.
Joining Polunin are half a dozen dopey-looking clowns though it's unclear whether they are friends or foes - in one scene Slava has three arrows piercing his body, and it appears he has been shot by another clown.
Without a clear storyline, the show focuses on three elements: stagecraft (including theatrical tricks and visual effects), mime and audience participation. It was the last that made the front row audience (where I was) a little uneasy. Some of us got our bags snatched, were pulled on stage, ridiculed and sprayed with water - though it was all harmless fun.
What really impressed the audience was the finale in which a 'snowstorm' covered the entire auditorium with white confetti. Then giant inflatable balls were released from backstage and bounced from one end of the auditorium to the other.
If you're looking for something to get you in the festive mood, Slava's Snowshow may not be ideal. This show offers an alternative approach to the art of clowning, with plenty of technical wizardry.
Until Jan 7. Tickets: HK$290 to HK$590. Inquiries: 2266 8621