Mums The Word

"Mummenschanz Next"
Comes To The Wilbur February 4-9

Legendary Swiss theatre troupe Mummenschanz will bring their latest production, "Mummenschanz Next," to The Wilbur Theatre from February 4 through 9. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 12.

Since 1972, Mummenschanz has created a playful and complex world on stage. From everyday items, they devise expressive shapes and fantastic creations. Combining everything from mime, puppetry and masks with dance and theatre, they create a world that transcends language to remain universal in appeal.

In 1972, Bernie Schurch and Andres Bossard, both from Switzerland, formed their now celebrated visual theatre group with Italian-American Floriana Frassetto. They gave themselves an original name (roughly meaning masquerade) and set out with a sense of imagination to invent a new form of theatre.

Though each had a different background, the three artists were united by a common goal -- to create a non-verbal theatrical language that would cross the barriers of nationality and culture.

Mummenschanz arrived on Broadway in 1979 and stayed for a three-year run -- which proved an unprecedented feat for a group whose show contained no words or music.

Although Bossard died in 1992, Frassetto and Schurch continued to expand the world of Mummenschanz. They subsequently invited American mime artist John Charles Murphy to work with them. They recently set another milestone by establishing the Mummenschanz Foundation with longtime friend and sponsor Hans Jorg Tobler, and by moving into a studio partly paid for by the town of St. Gallen in Switzerland. It was here that work commenced on their new program, Mummenschanz Next.

For information, call 617-931-2787. In-person ticket sales will begin January 12 at the Wilbur box office, 246 Tremont Street, and January 13 at the Colonial Theater box office, 106 Boylston Street.

-- OnStage Boston


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