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Vitamin with Carlo Jacucci - Soho Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER touring around the world, the dancer-priest-accordionist-caterpillar man is back. Vitamin returns with heightened madness and some brand new scenes – to Soho Theatre (Main House), where it runs from July 7 to July 12, 2014.

“[Carlo] Jacucci is a master clown, always deadpan and always in control. He has struck gold with his secure, knowledgeable and charming style, and he will leave you laughing uncontrollably at his pure physical comedy, making an inexplicably wonderful comic theatre.” Broadway Baby.

Preaching from a book he has never read, he transforms himself into many characters, creatures and things, from a captain to a dancer, a marathon runner, an accordionist, a caterpillar…

Created in cabarets and variety shows across Europe, Vitamin is an internationally acclaimed physical comedy that combines different styles of contemporary comic theatre into an hilarious and moving performance. It plays with our imagination in fun and surprising ways, through mime, storytelling, dance, puppetry, and the unconventional use of a live accordion.

In this physical and musical performance, Carlo Jacucci takes audiences to a fantastic world where inanimate objects are injected with vitality and the normal world becomes a lot less normal. He shows them completely unrelated but consistently brilliant sketches that range from the bizarre – ‘The Saddest Song in the World’ – to the sublime: the existential caterpillar.

About that caterpillar, Broadway Baby said: “I have never seen a caterpillar impersonated so accurately and with such charm.”

Described as a visually inspiring solo show, Vitamin is created and performed by Philippe Gaulier trained clown, Carlo Jacucci, with a free and spectacular imagination and an incisive physical language.

Carlo Jacucci trained at École Philippe Gaulier, where he has taught three months a year since 2011. Founder of Artimmediate (2003), with whom he devised and toured internationally seven solo and collective shows, including Baitman, Beesquit, L’Accordeon-eon-eon, Boxette and Losing Venice, Jacucci has been employed as actor and clown by many companies, circuses and theatres, including the Théâtre de l’Opprimé of Paris (2002-05) directed by Rui Frati, with whom he performed all over Europe and in Burundi.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/vitamin-2014/.