MOMIX, the multimedia troupe of dancer-illusionists led by choreographer Moses Pendleton, will return to Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 22.
The company will present reMIX, a snapshot of MOMIX’s most striking images from the past 30 years, created through the company’s signature fusion of dance, theater and cinema.
Critics have praised reMIX as a surreal journey through the unique universe of MOMIX movement that leaves its audiences floating “out on a dizzying high of pleasure” (Chicago Tribune).
“MOMIX’s presentation of ‘Botanica’ was a highlight of last season, hailed by SPAC audiences and critics alike for its breathtaking beauty, innovation and fantastical feats,” Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director, said in a press release.
“We are thrilled to give our audiences another opportunity to experience the genius of Moses Pendleton by presenting reMIX, a collage of his most acclaimed works from the past three decades.”
MOMIX is known for a mixture of muscular acrobatics, illusionistic puppetry and a humorous play of shadow and light.
The compilation reMIX consists of excerpts from 13 works, including the “Baths of Caracalla,” an ensemble piece, set to David and Steve Gordon’s music; “Table Talk,” featuring a soloist who balances, suspends and floats on a table in a series of super-charged gymnastic moves; “If You Need Some Body,” an ensemble work to Johann Sebastian Bach; and “Botanica,” a theatrical nature extravaganza that was presented at SPAC in 2013.
Pendleton, the company’s founder, choreographed “Doves of Peace” for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month.
Pendleton was a founding member of the groundbreaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, and formed MOMIX in 1980. He has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events.
He takes much of the inspiration for his work from the natural world, plants, animals and minerals, and calls MOMIX “less of a dance company than a physical, visual theater, using props and costumes to create fascinating pictures.”
He will kick off the July 22 SPAC program with a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Springs Gold Room. The session will include a discussion on MOMIX’s philosophy and evolution, followed by a question-and-answer segment.
Tickets to the talk are $5 with a performance ticket.
Tickets for the performance are $30 and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets for students of all ages are $15 on the night of the performance. This is an amphitheater-only performance. Tickets are on sale online at spac.org.