Omaha, Neb., (January 22, 2016)
– In the wordless universe of MUMMENSCHANZ everyday objects like toilet paper spring to life. Omaha Performing Arts presents MUMMENSCHANZ – The Musicians of Silence
at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The performance is part of Omaha Performing Arts’ Family Series. Tickets start at $15 through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, TicketOmaha.com
or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. In-kind sponsor for the performance is David M. Mangelsen's. Hospitality sponsor is Hotel Deco.
Since its three-year run on Broadway, Swiss mask theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has pioneered a new form of visual theater. The current touring troupe includes Floriana Frassetto, who co-founded MUMMENSCHANZ in 1972 and has played in each performance since. MUMMENSCHANZ has inspired generations of show-goers across five continents over four decades. There are no language boundaries for the theater troupe - the “stories” told have no sound or music.
Performances by MUMMENSCHANZ playfully include the use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. One reviewer recently described what a show is like (his second time seeing them): “The foursome is still concocting imaginative (sometimes weird) animals as well as brightly colored and creatively lighted faces, shapes and body parts. Out of toilet paper, inflatable materials, foam, and recycled junk. Old favorites such as giant, gymnastic Slinkys; huge gloved hands that open the show; clay masks that turn into an entire menagerie. And new favorites (or at least bits I haven’t seen before) like two long, glowing sticks that become humans and snakes, or a graceful octopus whose waving tentacles are ballet-like. All without words. With zero musical accompaniment.” (Ross Valley Reporter)