(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Innovative dance ensemble MOMIX brings its evening-length Botanica program to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 8pm. MOMIX director Moses Pendleton’s most recent work, Botanica is a multimedia journey through the seasons blending movement, circus, athleticism, and magical effects.
Botanica’s eclectic score ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi, revealing nature’s changing imagery. Creatures real and mythical materialize thanks to dazzling projections, strobes, wind machines, larger-than-life puppets designed by Michael Curry, the Tony Award-winning designer of The Lion King, and -most of all – the company’s impossibly nimble performers.
Artistic director Moses Pendleton has been one of America’s most innovative choreographers and directors for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the ground-breaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971 before starting MOMIX. Pendleton toured with Pilobolus through the 1970s and began working outside of the group, performing and choreographing several works, including the closing ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.
Pendleton created MOMIX in 1981, which rapidly established an international reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography.
Tickets for the Mahaiwe program are $22 to $72. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center or call 413.528.0100.
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, “Live in HD” broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. In 2005, the theater experienced a renaissance as a beautifully restored 681-seat venue to offer a broad range of cultural and community events. Today’s “Mahaiwe Mix” of diverse, high quality programming strives to provide meaningful, memorable entertainment for all ages and interests.