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Broadway is synonymous with sound—vocalization, singing, and speaking. In 1977 Swiss mask-theater troupe Mummenschanz changed this notion, beginning a heralded three-year run. Unlike its Broadway counterparts, Mummenschanz performers unfold their "stories" without sound—no words or music are used in the performances. Two mimes hide behind large surreal masks, with not a hint of their body showing, as they perform in front of a black backdrop. Often, props made from recycled materials are intertwined with minimal choreography. The audience picks up the story solely from the visual cues of the performers. "Its always surprising and fantastic because its silent. And you don't know what's coming next. You don't know if this little dot is going to grow and be an enormous circle or if this thing that seems to be hurling across the stage about to jump in the audience is actually going to do that," says Bardavon Executive Director Chris Silva. On Thursday, September 22 at 7pm Mummenschanz will perform their show "you & me" at the Bardavon, ending their three-week residency in Poughkeepsie. After this preview performance, Mummenschanz will be taking this show on a worldwide tour. Tickets are $10.

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