Center for the Arts Welcomes MOMIX Performing ‘Lunar Sea’

Posted: December 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Photo by Max Pucciariello

MOMIX artistic director Moses Pendleton combines acrobatic choreography with puppets by Michael Curry(“The Lion King”), costumes designed in collaboration with Phoebe Katzin and Cythia Quinn, a pulsing soundtrack and intriguing lighting techniques to create the surrealistic lunar landscape of “Lunar Sea.”

With two performances at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m., families will be treated to an ethereal romp across the craters and valleys of a fantasy landscape where gravity is merely a suggestion.

The 85-minute performance features two parts – “Sea of Tranquility” and “Bay of Seething” – hinting at Pendleton’s playfulness and his juxtaposition of a sense of calm with physical endurance.

His liberal use of scrim, projections and the ever-present black light achieves mesmerizing other-worldly effects. Despite “Lunar Sea’s” alien setting, its fantasy world is far from frightening. Sensuous play between the company’s 10 lithe dancers morphing and moving heightens the audience’s perception of a world far beyond the confines of earth.

One of the founding members of the award-winning Pilobolus, Pendleton has been active for decades as a choreographer and performer both internationally and across the United States. 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.

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 $44, $36 and $22; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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