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MOMIX October 10, 2:00 pm Mattie Kelly Arts Center - National Touring Season Opener A spectacular blend of physical theatre, circus, athleticism, and comedy

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


9/16/2010 - From filming eye-popping commercials for clients such as Target and Hanes to performing for sold out houses across the globe - MOMIX has made its mark with a spectacular blend of athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, illusion, and pure talent; creating entertaining multimedia experiences that have been called "the IMAX version of dance theater".

In what the New York Times dubbed "an event not to be missed", MOMIX will bring the national tour of its newest extravaganza, "Botanica", for a special matinee showing at 2:00 p.m. Sunday ,October 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Norwest Florida State College in Niceville. Tickets are on sale now for $45 each with a $5 per ticket discount for groups of 10 or more.

Known internationally for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, the MOMIX company of dancer-illusionists is under the artistic direction of Moses Pendleton. His latest creation for MOMIX follows the rhythms of the New England seasons, but also the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. The exotic, sensual and mystifying realm of nature is re-imagined to an eclectic score ranging from birdsongs to Vivaldi. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral - all in human form - combine and metamorphose. Fabrics, colors, costumes, projections and props, custom-made by Michael Curry, create a landscape populated by the creations of Pendleton's original, whimsical, mythical imagination. Parental note, certain costuming and programming in "Botanica" may be considered PG-13 rated.

The "Botanica" show debuted in Italy to sold-out houses and is now on national tour of the USA. The company performs to the acclaim of both the press and the public wherever it goes. "The beauty of MOMIX's ideas is partly in their simplicity, partly in their acknowledgment of rhythm, humor, sex and amazing grace of the human body," wrote the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

In other press, MOMIX dazzles with indefinable grace, personality, noted the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Their audience floats out on a dizzying high of pleasure," said the Chicago Tribune. And, "People shouted out, gasped and applauded furiously. MOMIX is ideal for turning audiences onto dance," said the L.A. Herald Examiner.

Tickets to "Botanica" are $45 each or $40 for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets by phone, in-person or online from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office at (850) 729-6000 or the website at The website also features videos of upcoming events including MOMIX. All 1,650 seats in the main theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are no more than 90 feet from the stage - making every seat "the best seat in the house" at the $25 million state-of-the-art performance venue located on the eastern edge of the college's Niceville campus at 100 College Boulevard. The center is located just minutes from Interstate 10 or the mid-Bay Bridge, easily accessible to patrons from surrounding communities. Season tickets for the entire Mattie Kelly Arts Center's "New York in Niceville" national 2010-11 Broadway & Artist series are available for a discount over single ticket prices. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and at 12:30 p.m. the day of the show (90 minutes prior to the 2:00 pm curtain). The online Box Office is open around the clock. If available, seats purchased at the door are the same price as advance tickets.

MOMIX has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen and television for more than 20 years with their celebrated ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. In addition to stage performances world-wide, the company has frequently worked on special projects and in film and television. MOMIX is featured in one of the first IMAX films in 3-D, "IMAGINE", premiered at the Taejon Expo 93 and subsequently released at IMAX theaters world-wide. MOMIX has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, England, Austria, Ireland, Holland, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia. The company is based in Washington, Connecticut.

MOMIX has made five Italian RAI television features broadcast to 55 countries (including the USSR and China) and has performed on Antenne II in France. MOMIX was also featured in PBS's "Dance in America" series. The company participated in the "Homage a Picasso" in Paris and was selected to represent the US at the European Cultural Center at Delphi. MOMIX dancers Cynthia Quinn and Karl Baumann played the role of "Bluey" in the film "FX II", under the direction of Moses Pendleton. The company is featured on a Decca Records laser disc, appearing with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony in the Rhombus Media film of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition", winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special. In 1992, Mr. Pendleton created "Bat Habits", developed with the support of the Scottsdale Cultural Council/Scottsdale Center For the Arts, Scottsdale Arizona and the University of Washington to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants new spring training park in Scottsdale, Arizona. This work was the forerunner of "Baseball" which was created by Mr. Pendleton in 1994.

MOSES PENDLETON (Artistic Director) has been one of America's most innovative and widely performed choreographers and directors for over 40 years. A founding member of the ground-breaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, he formed his own company, MOMIX, in 1980. Mr. Pendleton has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events.

Mr. Pendleton was born and raised on a dairy farm in Northern Vermont. His earliest experiences as a showman came from exhibiting his family's dairy cows at the Caledonian County Fair. He received his BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1971 and immediately began touring with Pilobolus, which had grown out of dance classes with Alison Chase at Dartmouth. The group shot to fame in the1970's, performing on Broadway under the sponsorship of Pierre Cardin, touring internationally, and appearing in PBS's Dance in America and Great Performances series.

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 Lyubimovs production of Mussorgsky's Khovanschina at La Scala and choreographed Rameau's Platee for the U.S. Spoleto Festival in 1987. He contributed choreography to Lina Wertmuller's production of Carmen at the Munich State Opera in 1993. More recently, he has choreographed new works for the Arizona Ballet and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He teamed up with Danny Ezralow and David Parsons to choreograph AEROS with the Romanian gymnastics team.

His film and television work includes the feature film FX2 with Cynthia Quinn, Moses Pendleton Presents Moses Pendleton for ABC ARTS cable (winner of a Cine Golden Eagle award), and Pictures at an Exhibition with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony, which received an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special in 1991. Mr. Pendleton has made music videos with Prince, Julian Lennon, and Cathy Dennis, among others.

Mr. Pendleton is an avid photographer with works presented in Rome, Milan, Florence, and Aspen. Images of his sunflower plantings at his home in northwestern Connecticut have been featured in numerous books and articles on gardening. He is the subject of the book Salto di Gravita by Lisavetta Scarbi, published in Italy in 1999. Mr. Pendleton was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governors 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.