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Momix: The Cirque du Soleil of dance
Momix: The Cirque du Soleil of dance
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

MOMIX
October 17
Meany Hall


So astonishing were the images of nearly all of the pieces by Momix that anyone of any age was apt to be entranced. This program last week filled Meany Hall for three nights, and I doubt that anyone left unsatisfied.

Momix is made up of "dancer/illusionists." With their physical prowess, magical lighting, and surrealistic images, they stretch traditional dance into a show worthy of Cirque de Soleil. Even the music, most of which was electronic/new age, reminded one of Cirque more than a ballet company. The opening "Discman," for instance, used no dancers at all. Instead, an amazing, stage-tall puppet danced in black light to uncredited, eerie music, moving with such lifelike motion that it was hard to believe it was not human. Its movements were graceful, yet comic, and would have delighted any 3-year-old as much as it did the rest of us.

The program was comprised of the "Best of Momix," a compilation of their most successful works from over 25 years of experimentation and performance. Thirteen fairly short numbers made for great variety and entertainment. Some seemed to defy the laws of physics, while others were simply beautiful. Some displayed delicious eye-candy in the human form, while others brought a spiritual elegance and beauty to our eyes. Some were created as commercials (Hanes underwear!) or celebrations of corporate success (Fiat Auto S.p.A. in Torino, Italy). Even the opening of a spring training park for the San Francisco Giants employed Momix to kick it off. PBS's Dance in America series has also featured the group.

Not surprisingly, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton was one of the founding members of the wildly original Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971. He formed Momix in the early '80s.

Of the 13 numbers presented, the audience (and my) favorite was called "Sputnik (Fellow Traveler)." Music from the Dead Can Dance album Spirit Chaser reinforced the East Indian spiritual flavor that played an amusing counterpoint to the title. The dancers used an intriguing device to slowly spin a seated female figure who seemed like a Hindu goddess at the center of the space-traveling Sputnik. The device was simple, yet intriguing, and the overall effect was lovely.

Momix has appeared at Meany Hall many times over the years. A scathing 1992 review in the Seattle P-I berated the group and its creator for being too superficial and depending too much on lighting and props. The review ended with, "There is more to contemporary dance than this." Well, of course there is! No one group does it all. What Momix does, it does extremely well, without pretensions to something more than what it is. I love Momix, but I don't ask it to be profound, any more than I ask Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to be Hamlet.

Reviewer Rod Parke can be reached at rmp62@columbia.edu.

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