MOMIX Brings Dazzling "Botanica" with Stunning Flower Imagery and Michael Curry's Puppets

WHITE BIRD PRESENTS FIVE PERFORMANCES OF DAZZLING “BOTANICA”
BY WORLD-ACCLAIMED MOMIX, FEATURING
STUNNING FLOWER IMAGERY AND PUPPETS BY MICHAEL CURRY

 

Who: MOMIX – Botanica, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton
Presented by: White Bird
When: Wednesday February 27 – Saturday March 2, 7:30pm PLUS Saturday Matinee at 2pm
Where: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Sponsors: Rainy Day Productions , The Oregonian
Tickets: $26-$64 available at www.whitebird.org and at PCPA Box (ZERO ticket fees).  Also available at 1-800-380-3516 (additional fees will apply).
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“Pendleton brings beauty, mystery, emotion, and uproarious fun to the table.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

White Bird is proud to present world-acclaimed MOMIX with five performances of its spectacular Botanica at the Newmark Theatre, from February 27 through March 2, including a special family matinee on Saturday March 2. This brilliant production, which has toured the world to packed houses and ecstatic reviews, magically blends athletic movement, otherworldly costumes, inventive props, mesmerizing projections and the world-renowned puppetry of Portland’s-own Michael Curry. 

 

Exploring nature's ever-changing imagery, the 90-minute Botanica unveils the rhythm of the seasons, the evolution of life, and the passing of a day.  An eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi drives the work as literal and abstract themes intertwine to elaborate on eternal messages and build movement that shows off the boundless energy and inventiveness of MOMIX’s ten gifted performers. This is dance of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty in an ethereal world revealing the everyday miracles around us.

 

MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. With performances on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, France’s Antenne II, and Italian RAI television, the company’s repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries. MOMIX was also featured in IMAGINE, one of the first 3-D IMAX films to be released in IMAX theaters world-wide. With the support of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Pendleton created Bat Habits to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants’ new spring training park in Scottsdale. This work served as the forerunner of Baseball and joins such acclaimed original productions as Lunar Sea, Opus Cactus, Orbit, Passion, and Botanica. With nothing more than light and shadow, props, the human body, and an epic imagination, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 30 years.

 

MOSES PENDLETON (Artistic Director) has been one of America’s most innova­tive and widely performed choreographers and directors for over 40 years. He received his BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1971 and was one of the founders of Pilobolus Dance Theater, which had grown out of dance classes with Alison Chase at Dartmouth. By the end of the decade, Mr. Pendleton had begun to work outside of Pilobolus, performing in and serving as principal choreographer for the Paris Opera’s Integrale Erik Satie in 1979 and choreographing the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980. In 1981 he created MOMIX, which rapidly established an inter­national reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography. The troupe has been touring steadily and is currently performing several programs internationally. The company has made numerous special programs for Italian and French television and received the Gold Medal of the Verona Festival in 1994.

 

Mr. Pendleton has also been active as a performer and choreographer for other companies. He has staged Picabia’s Dadaist  ballet Relache for the Joffrey Ballet and Tutu­guri, based on the writings of Artaud, for the Deutsch Opera. He created the role of the Fool for Yuri Lyubi­mov’s production of Mussorgsky’s Khovan­schina at La Scala and choreographed Rame­au’s Platee for the U.S. Spoleto Festival in 1987.

 

Mr. Pendleton was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor’s Award in 1998. He received the Positano Choreographic Award in 1999 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977. He is a recipient of a 2002 American Choreography Award for his contributions to choreography for film and television. In May 2010, Mr. Pendleton received an honorary doctorate of fine arts (HDFA) and delivered the keynote address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

 

CYNTHIA QUINN (Associate Director) grew up in Southern California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Riverside and continued there as an Associate in Dance for five years. In 1988 she received the University’s Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Young Graduate Award.”  As a member of Pilobolus, she performed on Broadway and throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Israel, and Japan. Ms. Quinn began performing with MOMIX in 1983 and has since toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and Japan. She has appeared in numerous television programs and music videos and has assisted Moses Pendleton in the choreography of Pulcinella for the Ballet Nancy in France, Platee for the Spoleto Festival USA, and Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel in New York.

 

White Bird’s 15th season (2012–2013) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, PGE Foundation, The Jaffe Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Starseed Foundation, Trust Management Services, and Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.