MOMIX returns to ASU Nov. 19



Article Published: Nov. 5, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
MOMIX returns to ASU Nov. 19

MOMIX returns to Appalachian State University Nov. 19.

Photo by Don Perdue



Appalachian State University's 2009-10 Performing Arts Series is pleased to present the return of MOMIX to the stage of Farthing Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for Appalachian's students and students 18 and under, and $18 for seniors and Appalachian's faculty and staff. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-ARTS(2787) or (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu.

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton, who has been America's most innovative and widely-performed choreographers and directors for more than 30 years. Celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body, the company has toured the world, delighting audiences with their creativity and athletic ability. Appalachian's Performing Arts Series has presented MOMIX twice before, in 2003 and 2005, and sold out both events.

Astounding audiences worldwide with their acrobatic style and feats that seemingly defy the constraints of the human body, MOMIX leaves those watching alternately wondering, "How did they do that?" and not wanting the illusion to be exposed. The dramatic effect is one surprise, delight and awe- like watching a great magic show. Since the early '80s, Pendleton has transformed dancers in his company into sidewinders and Gila monsters, floated them weightlessly through extraterrestrial terrains, strapped them into snow skis or hurled them through the air like baseballs.

In addition to stage performances worldwide, the company has frequently worked on special projects in film and television. MOMIX has made five Italian RAI television features broadcast to 55 countries, and was featured on PBS's Dance in America series, as well as in Imagine, one of the first IMAX films to be made in 3D and in the Rhombus Media film of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special.

Pendleton was one of the founding members of the groundbreaking Pilobolus Dance Theatre, which has performed twice at Farthing Auditorium to sold-out crowds. By the late 1970s, Pendleton had begun to work outside of Pilobolus, performing in and serving as principal choreographer for the Paris Opera in 1979 and choreographing the closing ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics.

In 1981, he created MOMIX, which rapidly established an international reputation for highly inventive and often-illusionistic choreography, and has built a steady, international touring schedule and appears regularly on film and television.

In 1992, Mr. Pendleton created Bat Habits to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants' new spring training part in Scottsdale, Arizona. This work was the forerunner of his creation Baseball, which brought a sold-out crowd to its feet during Appalachian's Performing Arts Series in 2005.

MOMIX's Nov. 19 performance is entitled "The Best of MOMIX," a surreal journey through their unique universe of movement featuring the most striking images from more than 25 years of work.

Appalachian's Performing Arts Series continues on Jan. 22, 2010 with NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players' The Pirates of Penzance and Lily Tomlin in a one-woman show on Feb. 20. For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-ARTS(2787) or (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu.

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