Ciao!

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My name is Paolo Sperduti, stage name “Otto il Bassotto”. I  am a comic performer from Sora, a small city in southern Italy, that is in the Land of Balloons. Closed to Sora, among hills and vineyards, the “Rocca” Family since 1902 produces balloons on the most varied forms and dimensions, as no one before had done: using just pure liquid latex, just as it had been gathered from the trees.

So, for fun and to find a way to pay my studies, in 2002 I started to work with balloons using a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Manipulation and decoration (also big sets) were my favourite, but i also experienced balloons in comedy magic, improvisation and clownerie.

Busking with balloon-art was very exciting but I was missing a real show. Then in 2010 I created the Balloon Show: “Palloncinerie”. A mix of clown acts, magic tricks and stand up comedy. I needed to try and try again so I started to travel all around Italy and just a year later I was invited in Cile. The most exiting experience! Cile’s audience gave me an extreme feedback. They was exilarated, I was really surprised and “Palloncinerie” was greatly appreciated also from the directors.
During this trip, spontaneously (I did not speak Spanish…) “Palloncinerie” turn out in a mute show.
It meant international possibilities…
After that great experience I was ready to travel the World. And I just did it! In 2015 a big wish to renew convinced me to work on the Show again, so I restyled “Palloncinerie” into “Rubber Head” with the fantastic Director “Domenico Lannutti”.

Until today (20 October 2017) I presented my show officially in Theaters, Street Art Festivals and other entertainment events in 30 countries:
Argentine, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Emirates, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Oman, San Marino, Serbia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

It won 5 International Awards:

  1. “Pave’ d’Or” in 25th “Festival des Artistes de Rue” in Vevey (Ch), 2017 (First award in Special Edition: the winners of last 25 years)
  2. “Jury Preis” in “Hein Mück Straßenkunst Festival” in Bremerhaven (De), 2016
  3. “Joint Winner of Audience vote” at “Hat Fair” festival di Winchester (UK), 2015
  4. “Public Award” and “Glops Award” at “Festival des Artistes de Rue” in Vevey (Ch), 2012
  5. “First Award” in the Street Art Competition “Carichi in Strada” in Padova, 2012.

 

 

The Show

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“Rubber Head”
an Otto il Bassotto Show

”Otto has transformed rubber into a madcap show!
He is the Master of Balloons.
Born in the land of balloons (a small city in southern Italy),
he experienced a whole host of types and sizes
in crazy magic, improvisation and classic clown acts.
With a rubber face and a brain that bounces, he presents incredible balloon tricks and hilarious comedy, crossing the bounds of possibility into pure imagination.
Enchanting for children and families of all cultures!”

 

Kind: Clownerie, magia comica, improvvisazione, fantasia con i palloni di ogni forma e misura.

Audience: audience of all religions from 3 years old

Technicals
Length of performance: up to 50 minutes.
Shows in a day: up 4 shows
Members: 1 (one man show)
Performing area size:
minimum size area of 3×3 metres
minimum eights of 4 metres
Time for load in: 5 minutes
Time for load out: 10 minutes

Videos

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Promotional video “Otto il Bassotto Show”, shot in Dubai and Al Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) in december of 2013. Video by Luca Rigon | Music by Tiburon Martillo


Short promo: “Bring Otto il Bassotto in Your Town!”. Video by Luca Rigon


Otto’s show in Ansan, South Korea (2016)


Promotional video of Otto il Bassotto’s show, shot in 2012.