White Bird Launches 18th Season with Dazzling “Alchemia” from MOMIX


Who: MOMIX – Alchemia, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton
Presented by: White Bird
When: Thursday, October 8- Saturday, October, 10, 2015, 7:30pm PLUS Saturday Matinee at 2pm
Where: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Sponsors: Darci and Charlie Swindells, The Oregonian
Tickets: Starting at $26, available at whitebird.org and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).
Discounts available for groups/students and seniors.

“An elegant renaissance of illusionary art and dance.”
-The Washington Post

White Bird is delighted to launch its 18th season of outstanding contemporary dance by presenting world-acclaimed MOMIX with four performances of its dazzling Alchemia at the Newmark Theatre, from October 8 through October 10, 2015, including a special family matinee on Saturday October 10. Previously appearing with White Bird in 2013 with the spectacular Botanica, MOMIX brings their newest production Alchemia to Portland, after a sold-out 4-week run this past summer at New York City’s Joyce Theater. Alchemia magically blends athletic movement and otherworldly costumes and props to generate powerful imagery conjuring up earth, fire, are and water.

Created by Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and his wife Cynthia Quinn, the 85-minute Alchemia is inspired by the ancient art of alchemy, considered a medieval forerunner of modern chemistry. According to Pendleton, “Alchemia involves creative stimulation of the elements of nature, or in my case, of dance theater: fire and water, earth and air, male and female, the heavy and the light, the light and the dark, in opposition and in union (the climax that alchemists call conjunctio).” Scenes are constantly changing as fiery imagery yields to waves of water, and multiplying crystals reveal a spectacular golden pyramid. Alchemia is about invention and beauty, transformation and renewal, performed with astonishing skill by 10 performers who are as much acrobats as dancers.

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, 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 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. Mr. Pendleton choreographed the Doves of Peace, featuring Diana Vishneva, for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. His photographs accompany the sixteen cantos of Phil Holland’s The Dance Must Follow (2015), which takes Mr. Pendleton’s own creative process as its subject.

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 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund, Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, and Starseed Foundation.

White Bird Launches 18th Season with Dazzling “Alchemia” from MOMIX