Fantastical modern dance infused with projections, prop and puppet artistry portrays mesmerizing cycle of the seasons
Brilliant birdsong twittering. Giant petals unfurling. Creatures bounding and leaping. Watch the seasons come to life through an illusionist/dance masterpiece when MOMIX Botanica hits the stage at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Led by the co-founder of Pilobolus, which thrilled Harbison Theatre audiences in 2012, the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company MOMIX brings nature to the edge of the stage. In a matinee performance unlike anything seen before in the Midlands, dancers in fantastical costumes – embellished with view-altering props, projections and lush backdrops – will take audiences on a fantastic voyage through the beauty of nature.
Under the direction of Moses Pendleton, MOMIX Botanica follows nature’s changing, vibrant imagery during the cycle of the seasons from winter to spring; summer to fall – and the magical, transformative times in between. The 10-member ensemble, featuring five women and five men, effortlessly transform the stage into a whimsical yet cerebral revival of the four seasons using the human body with spellbinding accompaniments.
“Whether it is your first dance performance or your fiftieth, you’ll find yourself walking into a dream onstage,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “Botanica is lush; it is imaginative; it is transfixing.” Harbison Theatre is the first North American tour destination for MOMIX Botanica, currently touring in Asia.
Favorably reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Redefine Magazine, Arts ATL and more, MOMIX Botanica is an unforgettable “90-minute cycle through the seasons, a fantasia of flora and fauna,” according to The Seattle Times.
Dancers whirl like dervishes, emerge from cresting waves and move majestically through the forest. A dinosaur skeleton comes to life, blooming marigolds twirl open, and a dancer’s mirrored reflection becomes a spectacular, many-limbed creature. Optical illusions abound in MOMIX Botanica.
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists that have worked in film, television, nationwide advertising campaigns and high-caliber corporate celebrations in addition to touring internationally. Notably, MOMIX was featured in IMAGINE, one of the first 3-D IMAX films to be released in IMAX theaters internationally. Through theatrical ingenuity and family-friendly accessibility, MOMIX has accrued a global fan base and worldwide recognition, wowing audiences on five continents for more than 30 years.
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College will present MOMIX Botanica live during a matinee performance on Nov. 15, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $29. Learn more: http://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/momix-botanica
Individual show tickets and packages are available now at www.HarbisonTheatre.org. Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.
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About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. midlandstech.edu