I love seeing performances that step beyond what you expect and can reach people of all ages and backgrounds.
Mummenschanz : Theatre of the Absurd
Mummenschanz is an amazing Swiss mime troupe that have been around since the seventies. Their creative approach with unexpected props make their performances extraordinary.
With Mummenschanz, mime is so much more than a man in an invisible box. Sometimes the characters are so charming and interact with each other in such a way that you truly feel for them. The characters have so much personality and are preformed so precisely, that every show is sure to be an extraordinary experience.
Expressing personality through their puppetry is not always easy...especially when the puppet is a tube or a ball, but they are able to inject vibrant and emotional life into any object.
Modern performances, such as America's Got Talent's Tape Face, clearly have taken some inspiration from Mummenschanz. They moved mine forward using props and puppetry in new, unexpected, and creative ways.
Watch how expertly the masks are manipulated throughout the sketch. The amount of practice it much have taken to perfect this routine just shows how much commitment they have to their craft. The clay masks characters have such personality in them!
The Official Site
Learn more about Mummenschanz on their official website:
- MUMMENSCHANZ: Official Homepage
Tour schedule, photos, history, shop, ...
Playing with a Ball
Did You Know?
In 1977 Mummenschanz made it to Broadway. The show lasted three years there. That's longer than any show in history with no words or music!
It seems so simple. Just tear off the papers on the eyes and mouth to change expressions, right? No big deal, right? But just watch the endearing scene that unfolds. Mastering the timing for this routine was clearly no easy challenge.
More Mummenschanz Videos
Meet the Mimes - See the faces behind the masks
Want to see under the costumes as to who the mimes are? Kermit introduces you.
The Muppet Show - Season One
This season includes an entire episode with Mummenschanz! It is a great introduction into what this group is all about. All ages will LOVE it. Our family sure did!
Here is an example of how this group takes the mundane common items a person sees every day and gives them a new life by using them in a new way. A bucket and some bubbles? They have never been used quite like this!
Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto & Bernie Scharch
What do you think of mimes in general?
SYDNEY, NSW - JANUARY 31: A member of Mummenschanz performs during a rehearsal at the Sydney Theatre on January 31, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
Inspired By Mummenschanz
This clip is not by one of the members of Mummenschanz, but rather another performer inspired by their style and technique. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all.
Share your stories, sightings, thoughts, rants, raves...
What do you think of mimes in general? What do you think about Mummenschanz? Have you seen their work reflected in another's? Please let us know!
GypsyPirate LM on September 28, 2011:
I'd forgotten just how much I loved these guys - thank you for that. (Oh, and including the Muppet stuff? Brilliant!)
KimGiancaterino on February 21, 2011:
Thank you ... I haven't seen Mummenschanz in ages. Blessed by an Entertainment > Performing Arts Squid Angel.
Indigo Janson from UK on November 16, 2010:
I'd never seen Mummenschanz before. They are very clever and original!
K Bechand from NY on September 05, 2010:
Forgot them - but remembering them as something i loved watching !!!
Robin S from USA on January 27, 2010:
This is terrific. I had forgotten all about Mummenschanz.
Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on January 26, 2010:
Thanks so much for bringing Mummenschanz to my attention. Enjoyed reading about them.
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dc64 lm on February 03, 2009:
What a great lens. I'm lensrolling this to my court jester lens because it moves along a similar theme. Liked the videos, and you've got some great pics!