Slava's Snowshow

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Slava's Snowshow
GenreContemporary circus
Creative team
CreatorSlava Polunin
Official website
Slava Polunin in Snowshow

Slava's Snowshow is a stage show created and staged by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin. The show won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience[1] and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.[2]


Slava's Snowshow made its world premiere in October 1993 in Moscow.[3]

Slava's Snowshow opened Off-Broadway on September 8, 2004 at the Union Square Theatre, created and staged by Slava Polunin, with costumes and scenic design by Anna Hannikainen.[4] The show closed on January 7, 2007.[5]

The show opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on December 7, 2008 and closed on January 4, 2009 after 7 previews and 35 performances. The show was created and staged by Slava Polunin, with sound by Rastyam Dubinnikov, lighting by Alexander Pecherskiy and art direction by Gary Cherniakhovskii.[6]

The show opened at the Old Vic in London in 1997.[7] The show ran at the Royal Festival Hall, London from December 17, 2012 to January 7, 2013.[8][9] The show returned to the Royal Festival Hall from December 18, 2017 to January 4, 2018.[10] The show ran at the Bluma Appel Theatre at St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto in December 2018. The reviewer wrote: " 'Slava’s Snowshow' is a puzzling theatrical art form, but strangely alluring to watch as I couldn’t take my eyes off the performers. Their movements are precisely choreographed and timed either to the music or the sounds echoing throughout the auditorium."[11]

The show will run on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in a limited engagement starting on November 11, 2019 in previews through January 5, 2020.[3]


The show has a group of clowns, "Green", with one "Yellow" clown, in a "celebration of winter and snow."[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The show won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.[4]

Anna Hannikainen was nominated for the 2005 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Costume and Scenic Design.

Slava's Snowshow won the 1998 Olivier Award, Best Entertainment.[12]



  1. La Petite Fille de la mer - Vangelis
  2. Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
  3. Stalakdrama - Yello
  4. Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini
  5. Bolero - Maurice Ravel
  6. Le soldat Tufalev se marie (Soldier Tufaiev Gets Married) - Jean-Mark Zelwer
  7. Blue Canary - Vincent C. Florino
  8. Mas que Nada - Luiz Henrique Rosa
  9. Kaleb - Ivan Volkov
  10. Krasivaya - Roman Dubinnikov
  11. Illusion (feat. Jorge Struntz) - Stéphane Grappelli
  12. Edges of Illusion - John Surnam
  13. Concierto de Aranjuez - Joaquín Rodrigo
  14. Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna - Carl Orff
  15. Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven


  1. ^ Drama Desk archives Archived 2008-07-04 at
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. " Slava’s Snowshow Will Return to Broadway" Playbill, August 22, 2019
  4. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth. " 'Slava's Snowshow' Hits NYC Milestone Nov. 5 With 500 Blizzards — and No End in Sight" Playbill, November 5, 2005
  5. ^ "Slava's Snowshow Off-Broadway", accessed August 23, 2019
  6. ^ a b Slava's Snowshow Playbill Vault, accessed August 23, 2019
  7. ^ Benedict, David. " Slava's Snowshow, Old Vic" The Independent, December 15, 1997
  8. ^ " Slava's Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall 2012/2013", March 13, 2012
  9. ^ Liber, Vera. "Review. Slava’s Snowshow", accessed August 23, 2019
  10. ^ "Slava's Snowshow Southbank Centre", accessed August 23, 2019
  11. ^ Szekeres, Joseph. "Review. Slava's Snowshow", December 11, 2018
  12. ^ "Olivier Awards, 1998", accessed August 23, 2019

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