Thursday, 4 August 2016

Pss Pss Dramaturgy: Compagnia Baccalà @ Edfringe 2016

Aurora Nova presents
Pss Pss
Compagnia Baccalà

Compagnia Baccalà

Compagnia Baccalà was born from the union of Simone Fassari (him) and Camilla Pessi (her). They ran away from the circus they were in created Pss Pss and the rest is history. Winner of 13 international prizes, unique, funny, virtuoso and very charming, you’ve never seen anything like it. 

Pss Pss has been performed over 600 times in over 50 countries and on all 5 continents to huge acclaim. 

An hour of happiness. Don’t miss it!

4pm (65 minutes) Aug 3-14, 16-29

Assembly Roxy: Central, 2 Roxburgh Pl, EH8 9SU
Previews: 3 – 5 August: £9
Tickets: 10 - 11, 16 - 18, 22 - 25, 29: £12 (£1)
                 6 - 9, 12 - 14, 19 - 21, 26 – 28: £14 (£1)
Box Office: 0131 623 3030  

What was the inspiration for this performance?

The starting point was the wish to combine clown with acrobatics, and after this it developed around the wish. And around the idea of the old clowns that used to know how to do everything! Our inspiration comes a lot from this; the clown back in the day who knew how to entertain in so many ways – music, juggling, jokes, dancing, the works – so the inspiration is the ancient art of clowning, and also the more modern theatrical clown; Chaplin, Keaton, the universe of silent film.

How did you go about gathering the team for it?

Most of the time it is a human connection that makes the wish to work with people, it’s through friendship, people with whom we feel good, with shared values around art, the clown, the sensibility
of the thing, the sensibility people have for the art of clowning. When we meet those people we work with them. So we could saw that it grew organically.

How did you become interested in making performance?

I cannot answer for Simone, but I think he has always been making people laugh.  For me, no, I was very far form this world as I was skiing professionally as a teenager. I approached the performance world by chance as I was looking for an acrobatics teacher in order to continue my physical life after I left skiing, and so I discovered this whole new world.

I was driven by the wish to continue my physical activity but in an artistic way. But since I was very small I always got great joy from seeing people laugh, so connecting these two things, laughter and physicality, is now my life.

Was your process typical of the way that you make a performance?

Every time it is different.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

We hope to make them laugh, but it’s not about a superficial laughter – the show is about relationship, in the abstract, and so it touches all of us. We are laughing about the human condition, something that we all share, from the point of view of the clown – that’s what is interesting. And, we hope, funny.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

We don’t have a strategy. We try to really live truthfully the situation on stage, to carry the audience with us. But that IS theatre!

Do you see your work within any particular tradition?

Yes. There are elements that come from the Clown tradition, from the Circus tradition, and the Theatre tradition, and, unconsciously, perhaps the Film tradition. The show is a result of the mix of all this.

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