“Kermit introduces the Mummenschanz, an act as difficult to describe as to pronounce. For their first act, they wear masks with different facial expressions drawn on. As the story progresses, they tear away pieces of the mask or draw on the mask, revealing new expressions.”
Founded in 1972 by three young actors, Bernie Schürch, Andres Bossard, and Floriana Frassetto, Mummenschanz was famous for their wordless and quirky, yet emotive performances. From their site:
“The name ‘Mummenschanz’ is a combination of ‘Mummen,’ meaning to conceal or to mask (similar to the English ‘mummer‘), and ‘Schanz,’ a play on ‘chance.'”
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