Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 pm
"you & me"
Best known for segments on "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show," these visual theater pioneers make the ordinary extraordinary and speak volumes, all without saying a word. Featuring everyday items and colorful abstract shapes, they use a surreal, prop-oriented style to bring elaborate skits to life.
Since its successful three year run on Broadway, Swiss based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for more than 45 years. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, MUMMENSCHANZ offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.
The 2017-2018 season will see a brand new creation, “you & me” by the visionary MUMMENSCHANZ troupe with new performers bringing to life the large scale masks you’ve grown to love; as well as reviving a historic tradition of acrobatics. The show will also include some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time. "you & me" was created by the MUMMENSCHANZ founding member Floriana Frassetto.
“you & me” will focus on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experience in MUMMENSCHANZ’s one of a kind theatrical performances, hence the title “you & me”.
The MUSICIANS OF SILENCE, their soundtrack is the awe, joy and laughter their audiences experience and have grown to love for the last 45 years. The company will continue this tradition with their fresh, brand new show, touring the United States, for the first time ever in the Spring of 2018.
Since more than four decades MUMMENSCHANZ's non-verbal theatrical language has continued to develop independently of the contemporary mask-theatre quintessence. The 'stories' told by MUMMENSCHANZ are merely visual. No musical tracking, no stage set. Only objects, mask-objects; just bodies, object-bodies evolving against a black background thus composing a playful paralanguage that can be understood by all.
“The sound is the audience that laughs, that sighs, that whispers, that makes comments. It’s like a cartoon coming alive in front of you.” - Floriana Frassetto, Founder of MUMMENSCHANZ
“‘you & me’ is the intimacy we go into. I give you my idea and you play with my idea and you make it your idea.” - Floriana Frassetto, Founder of MUMMENSCHANZ
“Witty madness...dazzling and delightful." - New York Times
“Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise and deft satirical touches." - Francisco Chronicle