The multimedia dance troupe MOMIX will be at Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.
Led by choreographer Moses Pendeleton, the group will perform “Botanica” a work that combines dance, theater and cinema to create larger-than-life images from the natural world.
“MOMIX’s ‘Botanica’ is a glorious melding of music, dance, theater and technology that is breathtaking in scope and innovative to its core,” Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director said in a press release. “It is an opportunity to see the beauty and imagery of nature, magnified and dramatized through the brilliant lens of choreographer Moses Pendleton.”
Created in 2009, MOMIX’s production of “Botanica” follows the rhythms of the seasons, the changing shape of life on Earth and the passing of a day. Set to an eclectic score that ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi, the performance include projections and giant puppetry designed by Michael Curry, production designer for Cirque du Soleil, Disney’s “The Lion King” and the Metropolitan Opera.
See a video of Momix's "Botanica."
A founding member of the groundbreaking Pilobus Dance Theatre before starting MOMIX in 1981, Pendleton is known for his innovative choreography. His achievements include choreographing the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980 as well as creating works and choreography for a number of dance and opera companies including the Joffrey Ballet, Munich State Opera, Arizona Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
In addition to stage performances, MOMIX has worked in film and television. The troupe was featured in “IMAGINE,” one of the first 3-D IMAX films to be released in IMAX theaters worldwide. Through performances on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, France’s Antenne II and Italian RAI television, the company’s repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries.
Tickets for MOMIX are $30 and go on sale online on March 18 at spac.org.