MOMIX concludes Dance Celebration’s 29th seasonApril 20, 2012
(Philadelphia, April 20, 2012)Dance Celebration presents the grand finale to its 11/12 season with the celebrated dancer-illusionist ensemble MOMIX in reMIX, May 17-20 at the Annenberg Center. A stunning snapshot of MOMIXs most striking images from over 30 years of work, reMIX is a surreal journey through the unique universe of MOMIX movement that breaks the bounds of the conventional and leaves its audiences floating out on a dizzying high of pleasure (Chicago Tribune).
This performance is part of Dance Celebration, presented by Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center. Performances take place at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 PM; Friday, May 18 at 8 PM; Saturday, May 19 at 2 PM & 8 PM and Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM. Tickets are $30-$70 (prices are subject to change). For tickets or for more information, please visit AnnenbergCenter.org or call 215.898.3900. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.
Under the direction of founder, choreographer and director Moses Pendleton, MOMIX is known for conjuring worlds of surrealistic images and unfathomable beauty using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. In reMIX, a collection of Pendletons life work, this world-renowned company of uncannily athletic dancers presents an unpredictable, sometimes bizarre and notoriously out-of-this-world collection of figments of the MOMIX imagination that are ideal for turning audiences on to dance (Los Angeles Herald Examiner).
The program features the Philadelphia premieres of Baths of Caracalla, an ensemble piece, set to David and Steve Gordons music; Table Talk, a riveting solo performed by Steven Marshall who balances, suspends and floats on a table in a series of super-charged gymnastic moves; and If You Need Some Body, an ensemble work to Johann Sebastian Bach.
reMIX also includes excerpts from MOMIXs blockbuster full-length works. Solar Flares, Marigolds, Moon Beams and Aqua Flora are from MOMIXs Botanica, a theatrical nature extravaganza filled with vibrant imagery presented by Dance Celebration in 2010. Highlights from Opus Cactus, a work inspired by the giant saguaro cactus of the American Southwest include Tuu, a powerful duet; Pole Dance, a group work that uses large poles as an interactive set; and Dream Catcher, conceived by Pendleton and assisted by Brian Sanders and Brian Simerson, featuring dancers scooting on stage on wheeled boards. Rounding out the program are MOMIX classics E.C., Sputnik and Geese.
Dancers for MOMIX include Todd Burnsed, David Dillow, Jon Eden, Nicole Loizides, Steven Marshall, Anila Mazhari, Danielle Mcfall, Rebecca Rasmussen, Cara Seymour and Brian Simerson.
Local dancer Brian Sanders (founder/director of JUNK and University of the Arts dance faculty) spent 10 years touring with MOMIX. Sanders has contributed to several works that are part of the companys touring repertoire.
MOMIX is internationally acclaimed for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical grandeur. In addition to stage performances world-wide, the company has frequently worked on special projects in film and television and was most recently seen in the premiere of a commercial for Target aired during the Golden Globes® award ceremony in January 2010. The troupe has also collaborated on numerous commercials and corporate partnerships with Hanes underwear, Fiat, Mercedes Benz, MAC Cosmetics and Wal-Mart, to name a few. MOMIX has made television features that have been broadcast to 55 countries (including Russia and China) and has performed on Frances public television station, Antenne 2. MOMIX has also been featured on PBSs celebrated Dance in America series.
Artistic Director Moses Pendleton
The companys founder, artistic director and choreographer, Moses Pendleton, has worked with numerous acrobatics acts, films, television productions and dance companies world-wide. A former Guggenheim fellow, Pendleton started MOMIX following his solo performance at the closing ceremonies of the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid. Prior to MOMIX, Pendleton co-founded the ground-breaking dance troupe Pilobolus Dance Theatre while a senior at Dartmouth College in 1971.
Postshow talk backs
All performances include a post-show talk back with Moses Pendleton in the lobby.
In addition to the performances, MOMIX will be conducting two outreach activities: a master class taught by a company member, Friday, May 18 at 1 PM at UARTS, 211 S. Broad Street, (advance registration is required) and a Student Discovery program on Friday, May 18 at 10:30 AM at the Annenberg Center. For more information, contact Anne-Marie Mulgrew at 215.636.9000 ext. 110.
Significant funding for the 11/12 Dance Celebration season is provided by the William Penn Foundation and also in part by Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Friends of Dance (Affiliates), the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Virginia C. Mulconroy Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.
State arts funding support is received through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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