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MOMIX PRESENTS "BEST OF MOMIX" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“THE BEST OF MOMIX”
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 22, 2009 – “Sheer beauty and potential of the human body magnified,” raves The Washington Post about this mesmerizing company. Since the early 1980s, choreographer/director Moses Pendleton has transformed the dancers of MOMIX into sidewinders and Gila monsters, floated them weightlessly through extraterrestrial terrains, strapped them to snow skis and hurled them through the air like baseballs. This season this astounding company – renowned for works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty – presents the “Best of MOMIX,” a collection of figments of the imagination of Pendleton that are unpredictable, sometimes bizarre and often out of this world. “Best of MOMIX” will be performed at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
Having brought “Lunar Sea” to the Center in 2007 and “Opus Cactus” in 2002, MOMIX returns this time with a production that features excerpts from the company’s repertoire using fascinating props, brilliant lighting, mesmerizing choreography and a variety of music spanning everything from tribal drums to Peter Gabriel. Highlights include the delightful “Gila Dance,” the luminous “White Widow” and “Bay of Seething,” an excerpt from “Lunar Sea.”
One of the founding members of the award-winning ensemble Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Pendleton has been active for decades as a choreographer and performer both internationally and across the United States. His work with Pilobolus has been seen on PBS’s “Dance in America,” and “Great Performances.” Pendleton began to work outside Pilobolus in 1980, when he choreographed the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, where he performed his solo “Momix,” which became the name of the company he founded the following year. In addition to his work with MOMIX, Pendleton has served as a choreographer and performer for numerous other companies, such as the Joffrey Ballet, Deutsche Opera, Ballet de Nancy and the Munich State Opera; and at various venues and festivals around the world, including La Scala, the U.S. Spoleto Festival, the Alliance Francaise in New York and the Metropolitan Opera House. His work has also appeared in music videos for Prince, Julian Lennon, White Lion, Shadowfax and Cathy Dennis. Pendleton was a 1998 recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor’s Award, and in 1999, he was awarded the Positano Choreographic Award. He is also a recipient of a 2002 American Choreography Award for his contributions to choreography for film and television, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977.
For more than 25 years, MOMIX has consistently conjured fantastic worlds for audiences using props, light, shadow, humor and the human form. The company has been featured on stage, screen and television worldwide, and have toured in more than 22 countries. “This mad and marvelous troupe has all the mesmeric power of a magic show.” (Globe and Mail)
Tickets for MOMIX’S “THE BEST OF MOMIX” are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.