” Mummenschanz” was formed in 1972, a German word for “mummery” , or mime artist. It is a Swiss mask theater troupe who perform surreal mask and prop-oriented style. Founded by Bernie Schurch, Andres Bossard and Italian- American Floriana Frassetto, the group became popular for it’s bizarre masks and forms, light ans shadow and subtle choreography. In December 2016, Mummenschanz began touring Switzerland with a new program titled “You and Me”, created by founding member Floriana Frassetto. They have toured for many years, Broadway in the early 1980’s, it has performed in the award winning music video for “Devil’s Ball” by Double.In the 90’s it toured with American actor John Murphy, the next show was there 40 year anniversary program called 40 years.
Mummenschanz played last night at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College and it did not disappoint. It had a few acts that were similar to the 80’s Broadway show, but many different ones. A show in two acts, 45 minutes each, the show goes quickly with it’s up beat tempo.It starts with the famous overhead projector making visions out of simple things like string and eggs for the first 15 minutes and then the actors begin to perform, starting with the” big glove”. Through the night Mummenschanz give us from very funny acts like the “Big Snowball” and some audience participation.The show towards the end pays homage to the shows that imitated Mummenschanz, like “Blue Man Group” and “Stomp”, which let’s the audience know that they came first, however. The show goes into street dancing right after recognizing those two shows followed by the big snowball and preceded
. by one of my favorites and a classic of there’s, “The Violins”
Staging and lighting were superb as was the directing of this show, mime is not easy and must be done well to attract an audience. Mayo’s huge stage let the actors move freely across the vast dept of the stage. The five actors pull off stunts and illusion with such a nuance that the 90 minutes felt like 15. This is a show for young and old and will be touring America and is recommended at least once to everybody of all ages.