Mummenschanz visits Popejoy Hall
Over 45 years after its founding, the Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz continues to captivate audiences around the world with its creative performances. With unique characters and innovative use of movement, the troupe has revolutionized the world of nonverbal performance. Their all-new production, you & me, explores human communication without words.
Mummenschanz performs you & me at Popejoy Hall on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. Mummenschanz creates surreal and silly worlds with everyday objects like toilet paper rolls, ventilation tubes, masking tape, and old cardboard boxes. The members of the group explore universal themes of love, anxiety, fear, hope, and compassion through a contemporary take on miming. As the silent masters of masks, movement, and visual storytelling, the ensemble performs elaborate, funny, and poignant physical pieces that speak to everyone.
One of the troupe's founding members, Floriana Frassetto, attributes the group's success to its simplicity, saying that audiences are "whisked into a dimension of imagination in which they feel inventive as well." Frassetto now serves as Artistic Director and continues to tour the world with the troupe alongside cofounder Bernie Schürch. Mummenschanz premiered in Paris in 1972. They began a two-year Broadway run in 1977, transforming them from Swiss darlings to international successes. Since then, the troupe has appeared on Sesame Street and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, and embarked on numerous international tours. Their influence on contemporary dance and theater troupes can be seen in groups like MOMIX and Blue Man Group.
Tickets for Mummenschanz: you & me are on sale for $59, $45, $35, and $20. Tickets can be purchased at UNM Ticket Offices at the UNM Bookstore and Dreamstyle Arena (The Pit). Tickets can be purchased online at popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com. To charge by phone, call (877) 664-8661 or (505) 925-5858. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling (505) 344-1779.
Popejoy Hall is the premier performing arts center in New Mexico. Seating up to 1985 patrons, Popejoy is the largest multi-purpose venue in the state. Following a major renovation in 1996, Popejoy hosts touring Broadway shows, symphony concerts. musical soloists and artists of international caliber, world-renowned ballet and modern dance companies, and noted speakers from a broad spectrum of disciplines.