Theatre Students See ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ on Broadway

A group of theatre students traveled to New York City Nov. 13 to watch Slava’s Snowshow, an immersive theatre experience created and staged by Russian clown Slava Polunin. The visit included a Q & A with members of the cast and Slava.

 “Physical theatre of this type is not commonly part of the American theatre lexicon,” said Derek Brashears, director of theatre.

 “The kind of visual and emotional storytelling employed through clowning techniques resembling dance and mime influence the H.D.A. performances I direct, including Shockheaded Peter in 2017. The students immediately recognized the influence,” he said.

From 2004-2007, Brashears was the lighting director and crew chief for Slava’s Snowshow during its off-Broadway run.

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