Mummenschanz brings their ‘silent music’ to Burlington Civic Music

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Burlington, Iowa, March 25, 2015 – Sunday, March 29, Burlington Civic Music Association brings Mummenschanz – “The Musicians of Silence” – to Memorial Auditorium’s stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The performance is sponsored by Vincent and Nina Cullen Charitable Trust.

Founded in Paris in 1972, this Swiss mask theater troupe charms and engages laughter. Although no sound comes from the stage, their subtle choreography leads the audience into their creative, colorful work of forms that have enchanted audiences for more than 40 years. The visual ‘stories’ told by Mummenschanz have no musical backing or stage set. Only objects and the performers’ bodies evolve against a black background and compose a playful ‘language’ understood by all.

A successful three-year run on Broadway in the late 1970s, appearances on “The Muppets” and “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” and a spoof on “The Late Show With David Letterman’ attest to their popularity and status in the theater world. The group developed a form of art that put its mark on mime and mask techniques. According to The Boston Herald, they create “their own comic universe – a place of constant wonder and ingenuity.”

Those interested in attending their performance may buy tickets at the Box Office at The Port of Burlington between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Tickets are also available online at