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January 31 -- MOMIX: "OPUS CACTUS"

December 17, 2002
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Two performances!
Friday, January 31, 8 p.m. & Saturday, February 1, 8 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, December 20, 2002—The "Great Performances at Mason" Dynamic Dance series launches its Spring events as one of the most inventive dance troupes performing today returns to the Center for the Arts stage. MOMIX, under the direction of Pilobolus co-founder Moses Pendleton, an internationally renowned troupe of artists celebrated for their ability to conjure up surrealistic images, uses shadow, light, humor and the human body. In Opus Cactus, MOMIX pays homage to the desert landscape and its denizens using 19 vignettes, an eclectic score, and their requisite stock of amazing structural props.

Performances are at George Mason’s Center for the Arts mainstage Concert Hall on Friday, January 31, 2003 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 8 p.m., and are preceded by artistic discussions on the hall’s Grand Tier 45-minutes prior to each curtain.

Recent New York performances of Opus Cactus were praised by The New York Times as "a feast for the eyes," and "…a sprawling, luscious fantasy."
Artistic director Moses Pendleton, who sees himself as a "catalyst for the choreography," allows his company lots of freedom during the creative process. This input permits the dancers to each bring something to the work, encouraging experimentation and perfectionism.

Opus Cactus reflects the company’s collective interest in the natural world. In ''Dream Catcher,'' a signature Momix gyroscopic duet, the vast night sky and blanket of stars are seen from a reclining position on desert ground. With respect to desert landscapes around the world, the music for "Dream Catcher" is of Australian aboriginal sounds, as is the didgeridoo music played during the "Gila Dance." Youngsters delight in the company’s uncanny ability to morph from crawling to undulating animal, as well as their use of props like hammocks, stilts, and structures on wheels. For "Totem," and "Pole Dance," the artists balance atop – as well as twist, flip and twirl on – large poles.

Opus Cactus features a broad range of musical styles with selections by the Swingle Singers, Brian Eno, Dead Can Dance and Chief Douglas Spotted Eagle, among others, proving once again the company’s dedication to putting diverse elements together in engaging and exciting ways.

Tickets for MOMIX, OPUS CACTUS are $40, $32, $20. Family Friendly! All children (12 and under) are half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.