September 20, 2011
MOMIX Comes to Akron October 1
Evening-length "Botanica" delivers magical theatrical experience
CLEVELAND (August 3 , 2011) MOMIX, the company that defies categorization as easily as its dancers defy gravity, will take the stage at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8:00pm, for one performance of Botanica, praised as "an IMAX version of dance theater, with a savvy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media." (Star Ledger)
Tickets starting at $10 for this local premiere are available at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the E.J. Thomas Hall box office, 330-972-7570.
Presented by DANCECleveland, The University of Akron's Dance Program and E.J. Thomas Hall, this evening-length magical theater experience features a spectacular blend of physicality, athleticism and fantasy through movement, magical lighting and imagery.
Created by MOMIX co-founder Moses Pendleton, Botanica set to an eclectic score ranging from birdsongs to Vivaldi follows the rhythms of the seasons, the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. The work is brought to life by the energy of MOMIX dancers with costumes, projections and props & puppetry by Michael Curry.
In addition to their performance of Botanica on October 1, MOMIX dancers will be in residence at The University of Akron for five days leading up to their performance. Highlights of this residency include:
Tuesday, September 27
6:30-7:30 Lecture/demo and meet the company for UA students in Albrecht Studio 194
Wednesday, September 28
9:00-4:00 MOMIX dancers teach Modern Dance V, VI, VII and VIII classes to UA students
Thursday, September 29
9:00-4:00 MOMIX dancers teach Modern Dance III and IV and choreography classes to UA students
3:00-4:30Master Class for students in Dance Institute in Albrecht Studio 194
Friday, September 30
1:00-2:30Master Class for dance students from area high school students in Albrecht Studio 194
Saturday, October 1
11:00-12:30Master Class for professional and pre-professional dancers at Cleveland State University Dance Studio, PE B71
Internationally acclaimed for its stage performances on five continents, MOMIX has worked on numerous special projects in film and television and has made five Italian RAI television features, which have been broadcast to 55 countries, including Russia and China. It has performed on Antenne II in France and has been featured on PBS' Dance in America. In 1999, the company was commissioned to create gala performances for the Fiat Corporation's 100th anniversary celebration in Torino, Italy.
Pendleton has choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. In 1999, he was awarded the Positano Choreographic Award by the Italian government and received an American Choreography Award for his work on AEROS-The Illusion of Flight for the Bravo Television Network.
"When you go to see choreography by Moses Pendleton you expect to be astonished. Botanica . . . has astonishment to spare." The Philadelphia Enquirer