Mummenschanz Comes to The Sangamon Auditorium, 3/4

Mummenschanz Comes to The Sangamon Auditorium, 3/4 Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield presents Mummenschanz "you & me" on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the UIS Sangamon Auditorium as a part of the Visiting Artist Series. Tickets to the show are on sale now for $27, $31, $43; youth prices are also available. Contact the Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or visit

For more than four decades, MUMMENSCHANZ's non-verbal theatrical language has continued to develop. The 'stories' told by MUMMENSCHANZ are visual - no musical tracking, no stage set. Objects, mask-objects and bodies evolve against a black background composing a playful paralanguage that can be understood by all.

In 1972 in Paris, MUMMENSCHANZ came into being thanks to the strong motivation of three young people who had lived an enriching period in the sixties and undergone a three-year experimental practice in different artistic disciplines. The trio offered an alternative not only to Pierrot lunaire (the classical white-faced storyteller) but also to the refined white-faced narrative pantomime (where all is left to the imagination of the audience) and to the expressiveness of the classical dance. A new mask play was implemented, combining the different trainings of the artists.

Thus followed ten years of experimental work, inventive research and passion for the comedy that got the young artists on stage first at home, then abroad, and later on Broadway, performing a play from 1977 till 1979. The numerous requests for MUMMENSCHANZ shows prompted a world tour that lasted five years (1999-2004) and required a two-fold cast. The original troupe played in Europe, while specially trained performers toured Northern and Southern America.

Despite the death of Andres Bossard, co-founder and beloved friend, MUMMENSCHANZ continued to tour the world. The years that followed Andres' early departure saw the emergence of more complete programmes, the development of mask and playing techniques, and the broadening of the repertoire. More than a hundred new numbers came into life and continue to be acclaimed as the most popular in the world.

About Sangamon Auditorium, UIS
Located on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield, Sangamon Auditorium hosts more than 120 performances annually. Home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,005. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. The Auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by email at>.
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