Center for the Arts Presents Opus Cactus

Posted: January 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The “Great Performances at Mason” Dynamic Dance series launches its spring events as one of the most inventive dance troupes performing today returns to the Center for the Arts stage. Momix, under the direction of Pilobolus co-founder Moses Pendleton, an internationally renowned troupe of artists celebrated for their ability to conjure up surrealistic images, uses shadow, light, humor, and the human body.

In Opus Cactus, Momix pays homage to the desert landscape and its denizens using 19 vignettes, an eclectic score, and their requisite stock of amazing structural props.

Performances are at the Concert Hall tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m., and are preceded by artistic discussions on the hall’s Grand Tier 45 minutes prior to each curtain.

Recent New York performances of Opus Cactus were praised by The New York Times as “a feast for the eyes,” and “a sprawling, luscious fantasy.”

The play reflects the company’s collective interest in the natural world. In ”Dream Catcher,” a signature Momix gyroscopic duet, the vast night sky and blanket of stars are seen from a reclining position on desert ground. With respect to desert landscapes around the world, the music for “Dream Catcher” is of Australian aboriginal sounds, as is the didgeridoo music played during the “Gila Dance.” For “Totem” and “Pole Dance,” the artists balance atop–as well as twist, flip, and twirl on–large poles.

Tickets are $40, $32, and $20. Children 12 and under are admitted for half price. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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