Ð’ÑÑ‡ÐµÑÐ»Ð°Ð² Ð˜Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ‡ ÐŸÐ¾Ð»ÑƒÐ½Ð¸Ð½ (Vyacheslav Ivanovich Polunin ) has been called “The World’s Greatest Clown”. I went and saw him in Sydney in the yearÂ 2000. It was an enlightening, inspirational and wondrousÂ experience.
As to whether he would describe himself, as others have, as an â€œexistential clownâ€, his reply is typically Zen. â€œI would agree with that as well. Every object can have a different meaning. A maple leaf is a symbol of Canada â€” yet for a street cleaner it is garbage, for a child itâ€™s a toy, for a train conductor it could be a hazard. But itâ€™s just a maple leaf. In my show I try to present the maple leaf in such a way that each person can see each thing in it.â€
â€œThe more you want to be an anarchist, the more you have to know. There must be balance,â€ Slava explains, teetering on an imaginary tightrope to illustrate his point. â€œThe more you reach out with one hand, the more the other must reach, or you fall over. So the more I want to be free, the more I have to learn.â€