Slava Polunin’s “Alchemy of Snowness” published in English
In May 2017 “The Alchemy of Snowness”, the story of the world-famous clown, artist, and “Master of Absurd Poetry” (DIE ZEIT, 2007) Slava Polunin, is published in English by Australian publisher Wilkinson. Written in enchantingly poetic prose, the book traces the artistic journey of the founder of the legendary Licedei (Thespians) theater and creator of “Slava’s Snowshow”, which has been travelling around the world since 1993. Slava has received numerous international awards for his work, including the Lawrence Olivier Award and the Triumph Award.
The text, a must-read for anyone intrigued by the creative process and for those longing for a little magic in their lives, features 27 pictures by Quint Buchholz. The intimate coalescence of the text and its illustrations mirror the author’s and illustrator’s connectedness and mutual appreciation. They have known each other personally for many years, and many of their shared interests come together in this very special book: their sense of slowness, their love for snow, and especially their attentive eye for the absurdities and ambiguities of life.
The book will premier in London on May 23, 2017. More information is available on the website of Waterstones, which will be hosting a book reading with Slava on that day.
"I am a storyteller, and you don’t have to believe anything I say. You can question any event I’ve described here. But believe one thing: FANTASY IS ONLY A PREMONITION OF REALITY, AND DREAMS ARE MEANT TO COME TRUE. Otherwise, what’s the use in dreaming?"