Fanciful Performance Art Troupe Mummenschanz Returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre
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The last date listed for Mummenschanz: 3x11 was Sunday November 21, 2010 / 3:00pm.
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The beloved Swiss troupe, Mummenschanz, has created an original and captivating artistic universe for more than 30 years. It is a surreal, comic, wordless visual theater, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and common materials and everyday objects all spring to life as fantastical characters. The result is a wonder-filled, visually stunning spectacle and family entertainment that sparks the imagination.
World-renowned Swiss performance troupe Mummenschanz returns to the United States for a three-month, multi-city national tour this fall and winter. This marks the celebrated troupe’s return to North America for the first time since 2003, after a seven-year absence to tour other continents. _3x11 _is a 33-year retrospective on Mummenschanz. This spectacularly entertaining, family-friendly program will showcase some of Mummenschanz’s most beloved, imaginative and humorous characters from over the years, in addition to some newer original material.
For nearly four decades, Mummenschanz has captivated audiences worldwide with its groundbreaking and transformative visual theater. The troupe creates a playful and uniquely memorable experience through an inventive use of forms, shadow and light, and inventive manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks.
In the surreal, comic, wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials and everyday objects—such as wires, tubes, boxes, and even toilet paper—all spring to life as fantastical characters. Abstract shapes and forms also interact in surprising ways to reveal some timeless truths about human connections and relationships. The result is a wonder-filled, visually stunning spectacle and family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers.
“Mummenschanz has always had a powerful connection with American audiences, which really respond to the visual humor, playfulness and imagination in our performances,” said Bernie Schürch and Floriana Frassetto, two of the show’s founding members and featured performers on the tour. “We had our first big breakthrough in the U.S., with a long-running Broadway show, so it will always have special meaning for us, and we’re eager to return after such a long absence.”
Currently in its fourth decade of existence, Mummenschanz remains one of the most successful theater groups in the world. Formed in 1972 by Swiss artists Bernie Schürch and Andres Bossard with Swiss-American artist Floriana Frassetto, the pioneering performance troupe created a non-verbal theatrical language that transcended the traditional barriers of nationality and culture.
The group had its breakthrough during an extended Broadway run at the Bijou Theatre in New York City from 1977 to 1980. Never before and or since has a show without words or music succeeded on Broadway for three consecutive years. Since then, the group has toured continuously around the globe, performing in renowned festivals and theaters worldwide.
Following the death in 1992 of founding member Andres Bossard, original artists Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch went on to establish the Mummenschanz Foundation in 1998 with the help of long-time friend and supporter Hans Jörg Tobler, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the art and expression of nonverbal theater.
Since 2000, Mummenschanz has grown to a company of five, with original cast members Schürch and Frassetto now joined by featured performers Pietro Montandon and Raffaella Mattioli and technical director Jan Maria Lukas.