Alas, Poor Yorick… RIP Vincenzo Tortorici (1968-2012)
I have sad news to relate… Vincenzo Tortorici, known to many in the clown world as Enzo, has suddenly passed away.
I had actually met him over 20 years ago, and although our paths never crossed much, every time I met up with him it was a delight. It was if we’d never missed a beat. And although he wasn’t a part of my everyday life, I am just devastated by this loss. Partially from the sense of “it could have been me”, but also he was such a talented guy, and brimming with vitality, and projects, and ideas. It’s hard to imagine him unvital.
As a performer, he was a renaissance man– a clown, actor, puppeteer, musician, juggler- he could do it all, and all of it very well. He was funny, he was smart, he was creative.
He was also a sensitive guy, and a seeker– you can read his blog here to see that:
or check out his website to see some video:
I haven’t seen an obit yet, and I’ll post it when I do.
Interview with Enzo from 2010
He was planning on being at the NY Clown Festival this year to perform, and I am hoping that they will have some kind of tribute for him.
In the meantime, it is perhaps trite, but these words from Shakespeare are not wrong (and Enzo would certainly appreciate them)
And from a different part of the play, also trite, but also true.
Read another remembrance of Enzo.- “Get Off This. Get On With It.”