Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

  • A dancer wears a foam costume resembling a caterpillar as he looks to a leaf dangling from above.
  • Two dancers hold violins decorated as faces in front of their heads.
  • A dancer wearing a ruffled-fabric costume resembling seahorse stands next to a ruffled poof lying on the stage.

you & me

4:00 pm Sunday, April 8, 2018

MUMMENSCHANZ pioneered a form of visual theatre that has dazzled audiences around the globe for more than forty-five years. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, the Swiss-based troupe offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

The company’s new creation, you & me, brings to life the large-scale masks audiences have grown to love, plus a revival of a tradition of acrobatics. The show will feature some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time, and will focus on the love and mutual joy the audiences and the performers experience.

“MUMMENSCHANZ succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise, and deft satirical touches,” writes a reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The sound is the audience that laughs, that sighs, that whispers, that makes comments. It’s like a cartoon coming alive in front of you,” says MUMMENSCHANZ founder Floriana Frassetto. “you & me is the intimacy we go into. I give you my idea, and you play with my idea, and you make it your idea.”

Adult $25
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $25

support provided by
McQuaide Blasko Endowment

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Mask-Making Workshop

2:00 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018

HUB-Robeson Center
Engagement Space and Gingher Lounge (first floor)

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to attend a two-hour workshop featuring Stephanie Gush from the Penn State Center for Arts and Crafts and Elisha Clark Halpin, associate director for instruction in the Penn State School of Theatre. The event includes an informal discussion about masks and identity using masks from around the world. Worksheets showing examples of masks from various cultures will provide inspiration for participants’ creations. Crafting will take place in Gingher Lounge. Information about the April 8 performance by Mummenschanz, the inspiration for this engagement activity, will be available in the Engagement Space.

Kids Connections

3:00 pm Sunday, April 8, 2018

Eisenhower Auditorium

Kids Connections, which takes place one hour before the show and is free for ticket holders, includes making opera glasses with artist Holly Foy and a creative play workshop with Cynthia Mazzant. Foy recently costumed the State College Delta Program Middle School’s production of The Lion King Jr. and Tempest Productions’ Medea. Mazzant is the co-artistic director of Tempest Productions and executive director of the Central PA Theatre and Dance Fest. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.

Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve this service.