Momix, the Connecticut-based dancer-illusionists who have regaled audiences on five continents in the last 30 years will perform its natural mystery tour called “Botanica” on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. in Jorgensen’s popular Cabaret.
The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Storrs UConn campus.
Momix has been showcased on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, in one of the first 3D IMAX films “IMAGINE,” in the Emmy Award-winning film “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Montreal Symphony, and even in a recent national ad for Hanes underwear and one for Target, which ran during the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Contemporary dance wunderkind Moses Pendleton has created a lush testimony to fertility, using inventive props, magical lighting, athletic dance and a touch of humor, plus a wide-ranging score that runs from Delirium to Peter Gabriel to Vivaldi.
Pendleton wants us to see the art in nature, and he does this through what he playfully calls “optical confusion.” He said it this way in Where magazine: “Like Michelangelo finding a sculpture in a hunk of marble, I think creativity is more about revealing what is already there.”
Pendleton is the director and choreographer of Momix, an offshoot of Pilobolus Dance Theater, which he founded with college friends at Dartmouth in the ’70s.
Momix was named for his first solo work, performed at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and called “Moses Mix.”
Pendleton’s connections to nature started early. He was raised on a Vermont dairy farm and was a champion cross-country skier.
His troupe now rehearses in a barn on the property he shares with Cynthia Quinn, Momix associate director, in Washington, CT. Their daughter Quinn Elisabeth dances professionally in Germany.
The ten dancers performing “Botanica” spring from such well-respected sources as Jacob’s Pillow, Joffrey Ballet, Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Boston Conservatory, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Mark Morris and Moscow Ballet.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Sandwiches, desserts, alcohol and other beverages are available for purchase, cash only.
Regular tickets are $45, $38 and $34, with some discounts available. For tickets and information, call the Box Office 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 860-486-4226, Monday through Friday, or order online at http://www.jorgensen.uconn.edu.
Convenient free parking is available across the street in the North Garage.
Posted April 6, 2011
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