About The Show
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Exploring the Splendors of the Desert...
After a ten-year rest period, Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Originally created as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona, Opus Cactus was then brought back into the MOMIX retort and a full-evening work was created.
Known internationally for presenting works of astounding inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton. Each production focuses not only on the beauty of the human form, but also the beauty of nature, music, scenography, and life itself. MOMIX's productions are carefully crafted to assimilate a multitude of various elements in each and every show.
MOMIX takes you into a surreal and fantasy world, allowing you to dip your toes into the "stream of unconsciousness" (as Pendleton suggests). Our goal is for audiences to sit back, enjoy the magic, and take in the optical confusion. Full of surprises, each show features dancers manipulating their bodies and props in unique and astounding ways. While there is no concrete story-line, MOMIX performances evoke through imagery a theater of light and physical bodies.
"Few theater artists today can achieve the level of visual splendor and theatrical magic that Mr. Pendleton can conjure from essentially the sparest of means.” - The Wall Street Journal
“… with it’s wit, beauty and sheer physical daring, it typifies Momix at its inspired best.” “…there are enough of those patented Momix moments – when your eyes forget to blink and your breath forgets to come out – to make “Cactus” another winning addition to the repertory.” - Newsday
"Opus Cactus is two acts of fun and excitement…” -The New York Times
“Inspired by the flora, fauna, and simple magic of the American Southwest, Pendleton’s ingenuity, theatricality and cunning imagination are seen at full stretch in strange vignettes of the Sonoran desert.” - New York Post