Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

Mummenschanz – 50 Years

Nov 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Tickets start at $25 (plus fees)

“Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise and deft satirical touches.”

Francisco Chronicle

“Witty madness…dazzling and delightful.”

New York Times

Since its successful three-year run-on Broadway, Swiss based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for decades. 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 that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

Celebrating a momentous anniversary, the troupe revisits its history while writing the next chapter in its story of inimitable, non-verbal language. Featuring some of their most popular and successful productions, their 50th Anniversary Tour will take audiences on an imaginative and poetic journey through the infinite – yet familiar- world of imagination conjured by MUMMENSCHANZ. 

Student & Teacher Tickets
The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program is pleased to announce student and teacher tickets are available for this performance. Limited to two tickets per person with valid student/teacher ID.
Tickets available in advance: Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees). Ticket purchasers must pick up their tickets at Will Call the night of the performance.
Day of Rush: Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees). Available two hours prior to show time, best available.

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FLORIANA FRASSETTO Floriana Frassetto (Swiss), studied at Academia Alessandro Fersen in Rome from 1967 to 1969. She completed her training as an actress attending a school in mime and acrobatics at Roy Bosier‘s Teatro Studio. She then worked with the company of Roy Bosier in several school productions that toured Italy. The idea of founding MUMMENSCHANZ resulted from meeting, in late 1970, Andres Bossard and Bernie Schürch – two young Swiss clowns called „Before and Lost“ that performed a partially spoken show. Floriana became the third member of the new company in 1972 and together they co-created the repertoire of MUMMENSCHANZ, converting the spoken numbers to masked visuals. Floriana has performed on tour worldwide for the last 47 years. She feels herself an artisan of phantasy and has always been motivated to construct new shapes along with Bernie. Since Bernie’s departure in 2012 she has been tormented by the challenge of creating a new show, which she has now done with plenty of new ideas. That has been possible thanks to the collaboration with Tina Kronis and Richard Alger. Among other experiences were the choreography and the costumes for Giancarlo Sbragia’s Faust and André Heller‘s musical Body and Soul, and an artistic collaboration with Isabelle Baudet for the children musical Oliver Twist in Lausanne (Switzerland). She is the artistic director of MUMMENSCHANZ

TESS BURLA Tess Burla was born in 1981 and grew up in Murten, Switzerland. After completing her studies in psychomotor therapy, she trained as a dancer in Barcelona and Berlin. In 2009, she completed a master’s in dance education at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She has been a member of Cie Chapeau (and formerly Paula fliegt) since 2015. She gained experience working with Marcel Leemann, and as part of Brigitta Schrepferʼs Somafon, human kinetics movements arts, and Collectif de Marchepied. Burla works as a freelance dancer and is a founding member of cie deux plus. In addition to dance performances in collaboration with live musicians (Simone Abplanalp and Ursula Hofmann), she also made an appearance as part of the clown duo Nasva and Ravu in 2018. Her journey with MUMMENSCHANZ began in 2019.

CAMILLE DENKINGER Born in Geneva in 1992, Camille Denkinger grew up in the world of circus performance. After completing her vocational training in graphic design, she decided to enroll at the Quebec Circus School in Canada when she was 18. She then applied her training in hand to hand acrobatics at the Parisian circus school École Nationale des Arts du Cirque (ENACR) and at the circus institution Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) in Châlons-en-Champagne.

Denkinger made her way back to Switzerland in 2017 to delve deeper into the world of theater and dance. In 2019, she completed a Master in Theatre at The Manufacture performing arts school in Lausanne, with a focus on stage direction. She started working as a performer with MUMMENSCHANZ in 2019.

DAVID LABANCA Born in 1985, David Labanca hails from Rome and has been living in Switzerland since 2001. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Theatre at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in 2010, David began working as an actor at the Compagnia Teatro Dimitri and as a dancer at the Compagnia Teatro Danza Tiziana Arnaboldi. In 2014, he landed his first role in a comedy directed by Fabrizio Pestilli at the Origen Festival in Grisons. Roles in further productions followed, including in Die Weisse Schlange (2014), Tredeschin (2016), La vida es sueno (2017), and Maestro & Margherita (2018). In 2016, he began working with PerpetuoMobileTeatro on a masked production called Scrooge – es ist nie zu 2pat (Scrooge – it’s never too late). Labanca has been working as a choreographer at the Cirque Toamême (Fribourg, Switzerland) and at the Varieté der Accademia Teatro Dimitri since 2019. He has been a member of MUMMENSCHANZ since 2019.

OLIVER PFULG Oliver Pfulg (Swiss) was born in 1985 and grew up near Zürich. After his initial education as a draughtsman, he attended Comart, the physical theatre school in Zurich for three years, where he graduated in 2010. Since then he has had different engagements (a. o Opera House Zurich, flowingdancecompany, MärliMusicalTheater). Oliver is also a founding member of the street theatre group „Paula fliegt“. In 2015 he created – together with Lena Wälly – an original play apropos. Since May 2015, Oliver has been a member of the MUMMENSCHANZ company.

ERIC SAUGE Eric Sauge (Swiss) is the Technical Director of the company. With more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment business, he now specializes in lighting and machinery effects. Employment by large organizations provided him with world-wide travel. Through his experience and many trips abroad he acquired solid knowledge in technical and team management. Back in Switzerland he continued to train in the field of lighting for events such as theater and television, in which he mainly occupied the roles of console operator and project manager. In 2014 he met MUMMENSCHANZ in Lausanne, and wishing to return to the theatre scene, he joined them as their Technical Director.