Author: Bob Bows

COLORADO DRAMA: Momix: Opus Cactus

Colorado audiences are in for a special treat Sunday, Oct. 2.

Colorado audiences are in for a special treat Sunday, October 2nd, when MOMIX returns to the area with a newly recreated version of their classic Opus Cactus, a dreamscape of the Sonoran desert filled with eye-popping lizards, evocative fire dancers, optical illusions, stunning silhouettes, and more. Artistic director Moses Pendleton, who originally created the dance as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona, re-envisioned it as a full-evening’s work in 2003.

Reviewing the piece for the LA Times, Lewis Segal writes:

The two-hour, 19-part suite incorporates so much distinctive world music on its recorded soundtrack that it ultimately becomes a tribute to deserts everywhere. …Extraordinarily sophisticated in its creative resources yet disarmingly childlike in its artistic sensibility, Opus Cactus sometimes seems to represent a transition away from movement-based expression toward a poetic, European-style theater of images: something between Mummenschanz and the Blacklight Theatre of Prague.

Momix has thrilled audiences in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen, and television. In an endless search for another take on gravity, Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and extraordinary talents to create an dazzling multimedia experience and spectacular blend of physical theatre, circus, athleticism, and comedy.

Read the full article here.

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