Play Park: A festival for children and grown-ups
Compagnia Baccalà is the charming Swiss clown duo of Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi, who now bring their comical and surprising show to Kyoto Experiment. Sometimes cruel yet always cute, the pair’s curious natures keep them constantly bumping up against each other. Their thrilling, well-paced performance is in the nostalgic style of a silent film, featuring juggling, acrobatics, and trapeze.
Trained at renowned Swiss theatre school Accademia Teatro Dimitri, the duo marries superb artistry with precise circus techniques that conjure up a dream-like world free from the constraints of gravity. Performed to great acclaim in over 50 countries on 5 continents, this heartwarming and exciting show is full of character. Very funny for adults.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Camilla Pessi and Simone Fassari met at the Teatro Dimitri school in Switzerland, and parted company. They went their separate ways, performing in many circuses and cabarets in far away countries, without seeing each other for years. Then one day, in 2004, Simone contacted Camilla to stand-in for his usual acrobatic partner who had run away from him, and thus they met again. It did not take long…
To their surprise they discovered the artistic and human complicity that is born through their exceptional way of working together. Together they perfected the characteristics and techniques of their clown characters, creating the repertoire with which they ran away from the circus they were in, struck out alone, and now continue to travel the world, this time together.
In 2008 Valerio Fassari, theatre artist, musician and good friend, joined the company to support it during its participation that year in major international circus festivals in Moscow, China and Paris, and has stayed ever since. With Valerio, Camilla and Simone deepened the theatrical dimensions of what they knew of clown performance, bringing together theatre, circus, and the characters they had created. In 2010 director Louis Spagna completed the Company’s first full-length work, naming the show Pss Pss, a show gleefully received and acclaimed all over the world; in France, Great Britain, Brazil, Egypt, Guyana, Turkey, Polynesia, Morocco, Japan, Italy, etc etc… Pss Pss has also been shown at The London International Mime Festival 2011, was a sell-out show at Avignon Festival France 2011, 2013, 2015 and also at Edinburgh Fringe 2014. In 2015 and 2016 Pss Pss will appear in countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa, France, Italia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Great Britain and Germany. Pss Pss will be at Assembly Roxy at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
|By and with||Compagnia Baccalà (Camilla Pessi and Simone Fassari)|
|Artistic collaboration and technical management||Valerio Fassari|
|Lighting design||Christoph Siegenthaler|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|
|Play Park: A festival for children and grown-ups|
|Organized by||Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee (Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation, Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design)|
|Supported by||Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa (Association for Corporate Support of the Arts: 2021 Arts Fund)|
|Granted by||Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan: 2021 Fund for Creation of Society by the Arts and Culture, Under the auspices of Kyoto City Board of Education|