Slava was born in a small town called Novosil, in the Orlovskiy region of Russia, on June 12th, 1950. Following school, he moved to Leningrad where he began to study the art of mime on his own while attending the Institute of Culture in Leningrad. Through comic physical/visual pieces he created with his on stage partner, A. Skvorcov, Slava Polunin quickly became an icon of Russian culture.
In the early 80's, Polunin created his own legendary theatre company «Licedei». It was during this time that the idea of his yellow clown character – ASISSAI - was born.
In 1991, Polunin closed his Licedei theatre and started to work on a new, mainly solo, work.
The Snowshow was born in 1993 and has never stopped touring the world since. It has been performed in hundreds of cities, over thousands of shows, to millions of people. Over the years, the show itself, as well as its creator, have been presented with approximately 20 of the world’s most prestigious theatrical awards, including the Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Triumph and Golden Nose awards.
Slava Polunin is much more than an actor and director of theatre. He is also an artistic director and producer of full-scale, epic size events and festivals who is constantly gathering and uniting hundreds of artists, across disciplines, to jointly create massive, collective happenings and celebrations.
In early 2013, Slava Polunin became Artistic Director of the oldest and biggest circus in Russia – The (Bolshoi) Saint-Petersburg State Circus.