Six clowns, six skeleton-monks, gather together with angels, lions and horses to turn death into a surreal circus. “The Yoricks” begins with a shoe that falls down from nowhere, perhaps from a human sky made up of bombing planes and war sirens, or perhaps from the upper floor. It continues following the rhythm of the great gags of the circus.
It's a circus of the soul, a mixture of melancholy, laughter, fear of death, nostalgia. It is a love statement to the legendary clowns of the past, from Foottit et Chocolat to the Fratellinis, the great Charlie Rivel and the Colombaioni Brothers: a tribute that Teatro Tascabile pays to their history and their art.
At the end of the performance, the sweaty faces of the actors reappear behind the skulls so
cheerfully smiling: in flesh and blood, and in these faces probably lies the sense of a performance that begins with the announcement of having no meaning and no history.
Tiziana Barbiero joined Teatro Tascabile in 1978.
Her professional life could be completely identified with the TTB ones. In fact, she was carefully educated by Renzo Vescovi, Tascabile’s founder and director till 2005, year of his death.
As for all the other members of Tascabile, she refined her knowledge of theatre according to the three main branches in which the group is specialized. These refer to the Theatre of contemporary research, the Theatre for open spaces and the eastern theatrical tradition, through the constant practice for 45 years of Orissi, one of the most famous Indian classical dances, under the guidance of the famous teacher Aloka Panikar.
After Renzo Vescovi’s departure, her research moved towards directing. As a consequence, she directed: La madre dei gatti (2006); Amor mai non s’addorme – Storie di Montecchi e Capuleti (2009); Rosso Angelico. Danza per un viaggiatore leggero (2014); Sul dorso della Tartaruga (2015) The Yoricks. Comic interlude (2019).