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MOMIX BRINGS GREEN-THEMED "BOTANICA" TO GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

August 2, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

MOMIX

“BOTANICA”

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at 4 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 2, 2010 – “The sheer beauty of the human body magnified,” raves The Washington Post about this mesmerizing contemporary dance troupe that has amazed and astounded Center audiences in the past with its spectacular blend of dance, physical theater and brilliant costumes and sets. Renowned for works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX presents its newest creation, the green-themed  “Botanica” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

This latest invention of artistic director and founder Moses Pendleton follows the rhythms of New England’s seasons, the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral – all in human form – combine and metamorphose. The stunning costumes and props by Michael Curry (from Broadway’s “The Lion King”), combined with graceful movement and an eclectic score featuring birdsongs to Vivaldi, create a whimsical and imaginative landscape that will enchant audiences. “[‘Botanica’] is the IMAX version of dance theater … a saavy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media.” (Star Ledger)

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 focus on his solo work in 1980, when he choreographed the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. There 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 including 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. Based in Washington, Conn., the company has been featured on stage, screen and television worldwide and has 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 “BOTANICA” are $46, $38, $23. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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.