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“Mummenschanz has been delighting children and their taller companions since 1972…. The group has to be seen…to be believed.”
—New York Times

Legendary conjurers of delight and amazement, the great Swiss mask theater troupe Mummenschanz visit D.C. in celebration of their golden anniversary. Co-founded and still led by artistic director Floriana Frassetto, the illustrious “Musicians of Silence” will take their Lisner audience on a journey filled with imagination and visual poetry, revisiting beloved sketches like “The Clay Masks,” “The Toilet Paper Faces,” the air-filled “Giant,” “The Pipe Creature,” and more. Not content to rest on their laurels, the company will also share new forms and characters that extend the tradition of surprise, humor, playfulness, and imagination beloved for five decades by audiences of all ages.

This is one of twenty 2022/23 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.


DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities