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january 2018 | Volume 163


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Pss Pss
Compagnia Baccalà
The Cultch
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.
Feb. 20-Mar. 4
From $22
www.thecultch.com or 604-251-1363

‘An hour of happiness’ for all ages, Pss Pss takes over the York Theatre with award-winning clowning this February!

The Cultch is thrilled to present  Compagnia Baccalà’s award-winning clown show Pss Pss, playing at the York Theatre from February 20- March 4.

Inspired by the physical comedy of clowning innovators Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Compagnia Baccalà founders and performers Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi created Pss Pss, a show which has enchanted audiences all over the world since its debut. When Cultch Executive Director Heather Redfern saw Pss Pss, she was immediately in love and knew she had to bring it to Vancouver. “It’s a show for everybody who needs a hug,” Redfern says. “And who doesn’t need a hug? Right!?” The winner of 10 prestigious international prizes including the Swiss Theatre Award (2016) and the Cirque du Soleil Prize (2009), Pss Pss has been performed over 600 times — in over 50 countries, and on all 5 continents — to huge acclaim.

Two modern-day clowns take to the stage, playing out their unique and hilarious pas de deux through the universal language of gesture and look. Their endearing squabbles, madcap antics, and inevitable reconciliation is classic clowning at its best. With absolute precision, Fassari and Pessi manoeuvre through their performance with expert slapstick timing and incredible acrobatics. Without a single word being spoken, they sweep us up in a timeless performance with all the seriousness, innocence…and mischief of the human condition.

★★★★“Instantly captivating…virtuoso comic clowning….a sheer delight to witness” – Edinburgh Guide

★★★★“Hilarious possibilities of mishap and mayhem — The Herald

★★★★ “Heart-stealing classic clowning at the very top of their game — The List

2016 Winner of the Swiss Theatre Award
2014 Audience Award St. Etienne, France
2010 Audience Prize Geneva, Switzerland
2009 Cirque du Soleil Prize, Festival du Cirque du demain - Paris 
2009 Bronze Medal Wuquai China
2008 Bronze Medal St. Paul Les Dax, France and  Audience Prize St. Paul Les Dax, France
2008 Coup de Coeur Award Val d’Oise, France
2008 Bronze Medal Moscow, Russia,
2008 Circus Nikulin Prize, Budapest, Hungary

Co-creators and performers: Camilla Pessi and Simone Fassari
Directed by: Louis Spagna
Artistic collaboration and technical management:  Valerio Fassari
Light designer: Christoph Siegenthaler

The Cultch presents

Compagnia Baccalà (Switzerland)

WHEN: Feb 20 – Mar 4, 2018
Feb 20, 7PM: Opening Night
Feb 21 – 23, 27 – Mar 2, 7PM
Feb 24 – 25, Mar 3 – 4, 2PM

639 Commercial Dr.

TICKETS: Tickets from $22. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.

ADDED VALUE: Book tickets for one of the TALKBACK performances and enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with the artists: FEB 21 & 27 at 7 PM or FEB 24 at 2 PM.

Physical theatre company Compagnia Baccalà was born from the union of Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi —who attended Teatro Dimitri school in Switzerland at the same time. Though they went their separate ways after graduating — performing in many circuses and cabarets in faraway countries — one day in 2004, Simone, on tour with a circus, contacted Camilla to stand-in for his acrobatic partner who had run away.  Thus an opportunity presented itself — to the two of them and to the world — to experience the artistic and human complicity that is born through their exceptional stage partnership. Together they perfected the characteristics and techniques of their clown characters, creating a new repertoire, and today they continue to travel the world — this time together.

Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.


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