Artistic Icons Series

The Musicians of Silence

Since its three year run on Broadway almost 40 years ago, Swiss mask troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy.

Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, MUMMENSCHANZ has since inspired generations of show-goers across five continents over four decades. The ‘stories’ told are unique in that they have no sound or music; the language of Mummenschanz is universal.

In the wordless universe of MUMMENSCHANZ, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects (like toilet paper) and colorful abstract shapes and forms like the famous “Clay Masks,” “Slinky Man” and “Giant Hands” spring to life.

By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, MUMMENSCHANZ offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.


Part of FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series
The Vets – Jan. 22, 2015 – 7 PM
Pre-show JumpStart featuring Big Nazo creatures
Post-show Artist-Up-Close with co-founder Floriana Frassetto, moderated by Erminio Pinque of Big Nazo


Education performance for Rhode Island students ages Pre-K – 12th grade
The Vets – Jan. 22, 2015 – 10 AM



FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series
Jan. 22, 2015 at The Vets


Jan. 22, 2015 at The Vets
Education performance for RI students