Pendleton '71 and Momix to perform

by Aditya K. Dutt | 6/11/95 5:00am

Founded in the early 1980s by Moses Pendleton '71, the acclaimed dance company Momix brings a performance full of wonder and fantasy to Dartmouth on June 23 and 24.

Now internationally known for its surrealistic images, Momix has been described by the Washington Post as "...a grown up fantasy world of the best bodies, the neatest toys and magician sleight of hand."

On Friday night, Momix will perform "Passion," a combination of dream, magic, light show and hymn to the glories of the human body," according to the Dallas Morning News. Set to the music of Peter Gabriel from the film, "The Last Temptation of Christ," the work focuses on the causes of passion in humans.

On Saturday night, Momix will perform its most recent effort, "Baseball," a dance which was inspired by baseball terminology such as "getting to first base," "striking out" and "out in left field."

"Baseball" includes such visions as a chorus line of women accompanied by bat-twirling men in "Bat Habits;" Venus in the palm of a giant mitt; a beer can ballet and a human baseball roller skating around with a bat-wielding crew in pursuit.

"Life as a game," wrote dance critic Anna Kisselgoff in the New York Times, "is a motif from the start when Genesis is equated with the beginning of baseball."

Admission to Momix performing "Passion" at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, or Momix performing "Baseball" at 8 p.m. Saturday June 24, in the Moore Theater at the Hopkins Center is $16.50 for reserved seats and $8.50 for Dartmouth students. Tickets are available at the Hopkins Center box office during regular office hours.

A free spotlight discussion titled "Dancing Illusions: Light, Shadow, Humor and the Human Body" precedes the performance. The discussion will be led by Joseph Pepe DeChiazza of the drama department and Vicki Mansfield, the Hopkins Center ballet instructor. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hopkins Center Faculty Lounge.

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