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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rave

This is not a rant & rave, kind of rave, this is just a rave. It's not sponsored, I just loved it, and it's so special I want to capture those emotions it created. Be warned, superlatives ahead.

What is it? I went to Slava's SnowShow on the weekend - I'd been three times before, so I knew what to expect, but I didn't expect the feelings of jubilation to arise, and they truly did. While I'd remembered the action, I'd forgotten the emotive response, the collective joy and the intricate detail of the simple images that delight, in the true sense of the word.

For those that have never heard of Slava, he was one of the Alegria clowns, of the Cirque du Soleil fame, and then he broke away with his now very famous Snowshow.  (review here, if interested). It's old school European clowning, that intricate, delicate playfulness.

But this show is different, it engages the audience, the audience feels a camaraderie of sharing a very special experience. I had facebooked to my friends that they should get tickets if they didn't already, and a few did, and felt the same experience. One said 'it's funny how all the audience are smiling at each other, like they're in it together'.

The daily mail's review says how the audience is transported back into youth, and I think that sums it up perfectly. It captures that liberating joyfulness that you have as a kid and more importantly gives you that feeling again. It's funny, at the end of the show, no one wants to leave, and adults are gleefully throwing 'snow' at random strangers, or laughing at the balls moving through the crowd.

For 2 days after, 'snow' kept fluttering from my jacket occasionally, and without fail, I would break into a broad grin. My face lights up just typing this, so strong is the happy emotional memory.

It's also rare that a show will delight 4 years to 43 years, as it did in our group - even the surly teen was laughing and grinning like everyone else. He thanked us at the end of it, and was wanting to talk about it over dinner, smiling and laughing while reminiscing. That may not sound like much, but with these jaded 21st century teens, it's big.

I don't want to spoil it, but trust me, get yourself tickets, as there is nothing quote like it. You want to be downstairs, if you can.

It is in Sydney until the 23rd, then Brisbane 26th - 30th June (Lyric Theatre), Canberra 3rd - 7th July (Canberra Theatre Centre) and lastly Melbourne 17th - 28th July (comedy Theatre).

As I said, not a sponsored post, just a community service rave. I want as many people to feel the infectious joy and happiness that Slava's SnowShow brings.

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for this - I am off to see if I can get tickets now - althoug it is going to be tight as I am in Townsville from 28-30 June.
    Thank you so much for sharing your great experience so that others can share in it too !
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    1. I hope you can - if you do, let me know what you think. It really altered my mood for most of this week...

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  2. Hmmm… here in Melbourne for my birthday. I think I am meant to go!

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    1. Definitely do. There's really nothing like it. but you want good seats...

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    1. indeed it is...(I'm not on the payroll, just loved it so much I want people to go!!)

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  4. Wow. Pure happiness in a show - not something that happens much these days. And a rave!! Lovely lovely post. And snow while you sit in warmth… even better. I don't think I can get there before it closes but I'm going to try.
    Also - I want to know how the singing went…. don't think you can get out of it… ;)

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    1. I did the rap - you will have to wait til after the holidays for the full run down of my humiliation...er, performance.

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  5. This sounds lovely... And a pleasant change from the rants I've been reading ;o) I'm not one to take my kids to many shows but it does sound nice.

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    1. Not my usually grumbling post, no...

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  6. Sounds intriguing - and if he gets personal with audience sounds very interesting - thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great to read this, nothing like a word of mouth recommendation. Have heard of it but never been.

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  8. Looks like I'll miss it here in Sydney but I'll have to try and catch it in Canberra! Sounds amazing!

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    1. I've sent 8 people to it in Sydney and now 5 people in Canberra - if you go, I definitely should ask for a commission. ;) (Plus a QlDer!)

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