MOMIX Returns to the Community Concert Hall in Durango
The versatile dance company MOMIX is set to mesmerize the audience at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30pm. The internationally renowned troupe will present Opus Cactus.
Recognized for developing work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a troupe of dancer-illusionists, which for more than 35 years – under the direction of Moses Pendleton – has been celebrated for the ability to conjure a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body.
Pendleton, originally an English major at Dartmouth College, happened to take a dance class and subsequently changed his life, forming with friends a dance company named Philobolus in the early 1970s. A decade later, he stepped out on his own to create MOMIX. Today some 35 to 40 MOMIX dancers tour the world in two different troupes, presenting the inspired choreography of Moses Pendleton.
MOMIX, though considered a dance company, is said to defy classification. By blending theatrics, physical objects, costuming and sound with movement, the troupe breaks all barriers of what one thinks can be done on a stage. The goal is for audiences to sit back, enjoy the magic and take in the “optical confusion.”
Noted The Wall Street Journal, “Few theater artists today can achieve the level of visual splendor and theatrical magic that Mr. Pendleton can conjure from essentially the sparest of means.”
In Opus Cactus MOMIX brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with its signature illusionistic style, a dynamic journey into the hidden landscape of the west with a sense of danger, sensuality and humor. The desert world of soaring cactuses, slithering lizards, snakes and frolicking insects all come to life through the talent of this accomplished troupe.
And what is MOMIX? The word is the trade name for a milk supplement (shortened from MOses MIX) that Moses Pendleton fed his calves on his dairy farm in Vermont. It is also the name of a dance solo he performed at the 1981 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, just prior to his launch of the dance troupe.
Tickets for MOMIX ($30/$38/$40) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. All sales final.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2017, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.