Monday, November 28, 2011

Momix Performs at Joyce Theater


Moses Pendleton’s internationally acclaimed MOMIX, the Washington, CT company that defies categorization as easily as its dancers defy gravity, will burst onto the stage of New York's Joyce Theater just in time for the holidays from Dec. 13 – 31 with a trimmed-down version of the beautiful earth-friendly-focused Botanica.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.
 
This updated version of Botanica – a fantasyland of breathtaking beauty one season at a time – features imaginative athletic dance, riveting music, inventive costumes and spellbinding choreography to create a world of surrealistic images and childlike wonder brought to life by a cast of dancer-illusionists.  It’s a brilliant exploration of nature as large scale puppets, projected imagery and larger-than-life props (designed by Michael Curry whose work is featured in The Lion King) evoke a vivid landscape.

Pendleton has edited the piece down to 90 intermission-less minutes, keeping the best of the best from the original.  Please note: all matinees during this engagement will be “family-friendly” performances (without nudity).
 
Pendleton co-founded the famed Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and his choreography for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid led to his founding of MOMIX 31 years ago.  He has choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, played the fool in Lyubimov’s production of Mussorgsky’s Kovanshina at La Scala, staged Artaud's "Tutuguri" at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, and choreographed Stravinsky’s Pulcinella for the Ballet de Nancy, as well as Lina Wertmuller’s Carmen at the Munich State Opera and Rameau’s Platee for the US Spoleto Festival. 

His film collaborators have been Sam Peckinpah and Julian Lennon for F/X II, Prince for Batman's “Batdance", and MOMIX AssociateDirector Cynthia Quinn, with whom he choreographed “White Widow” for Robert Altman’s "The Company."
 
Tickets are $10 – $59 (Joyce members: $44) and are availableat 212-242-0800 or at www.Joyce.org.  Note: Ticket prices subject to change.  For more info, visit www.momix.com.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Ave at 19th St., NYC.

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