Center for the Arts Welcomes MOMIX Performing ‘Botanica’

Posted: August 25, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Renowned for works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX presents its newest creation, the green-themed “Botanica” at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m.

In his latest work, Moses Pendleton, artistic director of MOMIX, follows the rhythms of New England’s seasons, the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral — all in human form — combine and metamorphose.

Costumes and props designed by Michael Curry (who also designed the Broadway musical “The Lion King”) are combined with graceful movement and an eclectic score featuring everything from birdsongs to works from composer Antonio Vivaldi. What results is a whimsical and imaginative landscape that enchants audiences.

One of the founding members of the award-winning ensemble Pilobolus Dance Theater, Pendleton has been active for decades as a choreographer and performer both in the United States and internationally. His work with Pilobolus has been seen on PBS’s “Dance in America” and “Great Performances.”

He was a 1998 recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor’s Award, and in 1999, he was awarded the Positano Choreographic Award. He is also a recipient of a 2002 American Choreography Award for his contributions to choreography for film and television.

MOMIX, the company of dancer-illusionists that Pendleton founded more than 25 years ago, consistently conjures fantastic worlds for audiences using props, light, shadow, humor and the human form. They have been featured on televisions and stages worldwide.

A pre-performance discussion will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Tickets are $46, $38 and $23. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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