MOMIX premiere three performances at NYC Joyce Theater

By 5/16/2018 01:05:00 PM

Last year we saw MOMIX 'Opus Cactus' and enjoyed it so much. The MOMIX performances really are spectacular, so I'm excited to share that they're returning to New York City's Joyce Theater from July 24 - August 12, 2018 to premiere three new works: Daddy Long Leg, Light Reins and Paper Trails.

photo credit: John Kane

MOMIX, the company of dance illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton, are known for presenting works of astounding beauty and exceptional invention. MOMIX productions combine the wonders of the human form, nature, music and life; using lighting effects, outrageous costumes and unbelievable props to enchant audiences of all ages.

This season in New York City, the company will show “MOMIX,” a self-titled production featuring hits from their expansive repertory, along with the New York City premiere of three works. Created for MOMIX’s 35th anniversary, these works exemplify the company’s unique aesthetic.

  • Daddy Long Leg, the audience witnesses the high jinks of a comic trio of gauchos with one extended leg from the Pampas plains of Argentina. 
  • Light Reins rods of shifting light invoke unique patterns that caper amongst the dancers. 
  • Paper Trails makes use of paper as both costume and sculpture.

“MOMIX” will also feature a mix of the company’s most popular works over its almost 40 year history.

MOMIX at The Joyce Theater NYC: July 24 - August 12


**Note: With descriptive notes from Founder and Artistic Director, Moses Pendleton**


The Pleiades were seven sisters from Greek mythology that became stars and were also a notable group of French Renaissance poets. We open with a dreamy female trio and their double-headed batons that bend and spin. It’s a dance of light, an invocation.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: The Company
Music: “El Hadra – The Mystik Dance”
Courtesy of Aquarius International Music

“TUU” (Classics)
This is an intimate duet for a man and a woman becoming one and two. Sans tutus.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: Tim Acito and Solveig Olsen
Music: “One Thousand Years,” by TUU, from the album One Thousand Years

“MARIGOLDS” (Botanica)
First they are flowers, who become women, who dance samba to the rhythm of a tabla, then fold back into flowers.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: The Company
Music by: Suphala, “Destination” from the album The Now

“POLE DANCE” (Opus Cactus)
Three men, three poles, strength, and extension that is suggestive of a Native American warrior dance.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: The Company
Music by: Adam Plack & Johnny (White Ant) Soames, “The Hunt (In Respect for Food)” from the album “Winds of Warning.” Courtesy of Australian Music International.

There’s a famous painting by Joseph Severn of the poet and writer, Percy Bysshe Shelley entitled Shelley composing ‘Prometheus Unbound’ in the Baths of Caracalla. We imagined women waving banners that become petals, and even towels, a dance that is more like a three-dimensional painting than a dance.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: The Company
Music: “Reverence” by David and Steve Gordon on the album Buddha Lounge

“DADDY LONG LEG” (35th Anniversary Creation)
I woke one morning from a dream in which one of my legs was longer than the other. My prosthetic nightmare became a comic trio of gauchos from the Pampas plains of Argentina. The longer leg allows for extra elevation. More levels at which to live.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton and Tim Latta
Assisted by: Jonathan Eden, Steven Ezra, Morgan Hulen, Felicity Jones,
Cynthia Quinn, and Brian Simerson
Music: “Santa Maria” by Gotan Project

“LIGHT REIGNS” (35th Anniversary Creation)
It is a raining of light. How does a firefly make its own light? It’s all chemistry.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: Jennifer Chicheportiche, Amanda Hulen, Nicole Loizides, Sarah Nachbauer, Cynthia Quinn, Rebecca Rasmussen, Heather Magee Spilka, and Jocelyn Wallace
Music: “Alchemy” by Deuter

“PAPER TRAILS” (35th Anniversary Creation)
We wanted to try for the effect of a 3D movie screen; to sculpt with light and with projected images, and to make moving paintings on crumpling paper.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: The Company
Music: “Good Bye Brother” by Ramin, Djawadi: “Progeny” by Yvonne Moriarty, Gavin Greenway and the Lyndhurst; “Sorrow” by Klaus Badelt and Lisa Gerrard; “Wisdom Work” by Byron Metcalf.


It was the saintly, mystical voice of Lisa Gerrard that set the mood for this piece. In place of Narcissus we imagined a woman in love with her reflection who is pulled up and away from her own image by “love from above,” as the song Space Weaver goes, only to disappear into the pool at the end. This solo from “Botanica” was one of two in the program originally choreographed for the Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton & Cynthia Quinn
Music: “Space Weaver” byLisa Gerrard

“SNOW GEESE” (Lunar Sea)
We found the illusionist possibilities of black light so appealing that we made an entire evening’s theater out of them (“Lunar Sea”). This is one section that imagines flight.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Performed by: Jennifer Chicheportiche, Seah Hagan, Amanda Hulen,
Heather Magee and Sarah Nachbauer
Assisted by: The Company
Music: “Treasure” by Elliot Morgan Jones and Nick Woolfson from the Waveform release Terra Firma

“DREAM CATCHER” (Opus Cactus)
The sculpture at the center of this dance was created for MOMIX as an evocation of the webs that some Native Americans wove to filter their dreams. It’s not a circus act, it’s a story about a man and a woman caught in the same dream.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: Craig Berman and Brian Sanders
Sculpture Design and Construction: Alan Boeding
Music: “Mountain Walk East,” by NOMAD from Nomad*
Courtesy of Australian Music International

“SPAWNING” (Classics)
Salmon spawn after fighting their way upstream, where they quietly lay their eggs and soon after die. The eggs become salmon and in their turn, will one day swim up the same stream. Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street” caught that cycle of life and death for me.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: Lisa Giobbi, Diana Horvath, and Cynthia Quinn
Music: MERCY STREET by Peter Gabriel
Used with permission of Cliofine Ltd.(PRS)/HIDDEN PUN MUSIC, INC. (BMI)

“TABLE TALK” (Classics)
I wanted to get into the head of the electronic group, Massive Attack, and see if we could make a table talk. Fred Astaire danced with a broomstick. Our dancer partners with a table.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: Karl Bauman
Music: “Safe From Harm” R Del Naja, A. Vowles, G. Marshall (KA Massive Attack)

“AQUA FLORA” (Botanica)
Early morning sunlight shining on a dewy cobweb was the inspiration; and in Deval Prema’s “Moola Mantra” we found a spiritual voice to express that vision. This is a piece commissioned by ballerina, Diana Vishneva. She danced a version of it along with 50 other ballerinas at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi.
Choreography: Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn
Assisted by: Nicole Loizides
Prop by: Michael Curry
Music: “Gayatri Mantra” performed by Deva Premal
*Aqua Flora sponsored in part by Brandon Fradd in honor of Dancers Responding to AIDS*

Bodies come in many styles. We all need one, or two, or ten or twenty. The mannequins allow us to double the size of our company for the final number and they move as quickly as the dancers themselves.
Choreographed by: Moses Pendleton
Assisted by: Sam Beckman, Steven Ezra, Cynthia Quinn, Rebecca Rasmussen, Brian Simerson, and Jared Wootan.
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach


Performances Tuesday through Sunday.
Mondays are closed.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM.
Saturday matinee shows at 2:00 PM, and evening shows at 8:00 PM.
Sunday matinee shows at 2:00 PM, and evening shows at 7:30 PM.

For the schedule for MOMIX programming, visit

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