Mummenschanz Will Celebrate 40th Anniversary With North American Tour and NYC Holiday Engagement
By Michael Gioia
The Swiss performance troupe Mummenschanz — seen on Broadway in 1977 and 1986 — will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a North American tour, which includes a four-week holiday engagement in NYC.
The multi-city, national tour will kick off Nov. 17 at the UA Centennial Hall in Tucson, AZ, and continue through March 2013. The four-week New York engagement will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from Dec. 11-Jan. 6, 2013.
Here's how Mummenschanz is billed: "Showgoers of all cultures are enchanted by the creative work of Mummenschanz, which endlessly appeals to generations of fans around the world, who come to witness the magic and wonder of the witty, weird timeless creatures and incredible colorful forms. The mask theatre company creates a playful and uniquely memorable experience through an inventive use of forms, shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers."
The production, recommended for ages six and up, consists of nearly 30 sketches, featuring colorful creatures that have rarely been performed in the USA and Canada as well as many of their most popular fantastical characters. Mummenschanz was formed in 1972 by Swiss artists Bernie Schürch and Andres Bossard with artist Floriana Frassetto.
Tour dates follow:
Nov. 17 - UA Centennial Hall in Tucson, AZ
For more information, visit Mummenschanz.com.
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