Mummenschanz Brings Unique Visual Theater and Comedy To South Miami-Dade

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Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Co-present 40–year–old International Company in Night of Art, Movement, and Humor

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Culture Shock Miami will co-present the unique, Swiss-based, visual theatrical company Mummenschanz for three performances, on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, as part of the company’s 40th Anniversary tour.  The Saturday performance at 3 p.m. is a Sensory Friendly performance.

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Full price tickets are $35 to $20 and $10 for Youth Tickets for 12 years old and under. These tickets are available online or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300.  A limited number of $5 tickets are available to 13-22 year olds and one accompanying guest each, exclusively through Culture Shock Miami. Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Friday, February 27, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

The Saturday matinee performance will offer accessible accommodations for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  The theater will provide an accepting and inclusive environment, modifications to sound and lighting, noise canceling headsets, a professionally-staffed quiet room with remote viewing of the main stage performance, and a special pre-show guide to preparing new audiences for a live performing arts experience.

In the wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects and colorful abstract shapes and forms like the famous "Clay Masks," "Slinky Man" and "Giant Hands" spring to life. By creating a playful and compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. The entire program of puppetry and visual antics is performed without music or sound. The show will feature classic audience favorites, as well as brilliant new creations seen for the first time.

The New York Times applauds “My inner kid seldom stopped grinning. Its longevity is well earned” and The Boston Globe cheers “Mummenschanz mystifies and delights.” The Chicago Tribune exclaimed that the show “amuses and delights, still inspiring wonder and smiles” and The London Guardian raves “brilliantly effective.” 

“When we return to New York, we always feel like we are coming home,” said founder and performer Floriana Frassetto. “The 'stories' we tell are unique in that they have no sound or music and we hope that our show will awaken the little child in everyone.”

Formed in Paris in 1972, by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, Mummenschanz paved the way for nonverbal theater and multiple new genres. Since then, the group has established its legacy with tireless touring across five continents over four decades by the original artists (Frassetto is still a main cast member), as well as current featured players, Philipp Egli, Pietro Montandon and Raffaella Mattioli, and technical directors Jan Maria Lukas / Dino de Maio.

Seen by millions in more than 60 countries, Mummenschanz humorously communicates timeless truths and insights on the human condition using a purely nonverbal universal "language." The group creates a playful and uniquely memorable theater experience through an inventive use of shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The visually stunning spectacle is a form of family-friendly entertainment that sparks the imagination, transcends cultural barriers and dazzles audiences and generations of fans around the world.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. Located at 10950 SW 211th Street in Cutler Bay, the Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility. The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.  The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found online.

Culture Shock Miami, celebrating its 10th anniversary, was inaugurated in 2005-2006,  by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.  Since then, it has sold more than 43,000 tickets through its website.  A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Pérez Art Museum, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.  The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection.  The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. 

The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

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It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, Saponte(at)miamidade(dot)gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TYY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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