Dancer-illusionists of MOMIX explore the four elements: Earth, air, fire & water

Photo credit: Columbia Artists Management Inc.

Photo credit: Columbia Artists Management Inc.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present MOMIX’s dazzling new production “Alchemia” on Friday and Saturday, March 20–21, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Tickets start at $29 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-8587.

Performances are 8 p.m. March 20 and 2 and 8 p.m. March 21.

The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX are internationally renowned for conjuring a fantasy world using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. Created by MOMIX Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, the company’s new work “Alchemia” manipulates the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water in a multimedia spectacle full of invention, beauty, sensuality and humor.

The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX will perform their new multimedia creation "Alchemia" at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, March 20–21, 2015. (Photo by Max Pucciariello.)

The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX will perform their new multimedia creation “Alchemia” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, March 20–21, 2015. (Photo by Max Pucciariello.)

One of America’s most innovative choreographers, Moses Pendleton was a founding member of the groundbreaking Pilobolus Dance Theater. In 1981 he formed MOMIX, which rapidly established a reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography.

The company has performed its repertoire to critical acclaim throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Arizona has provided inspiration for several of MOMIX’s signature works. In 1992, Pendleton created “Bat Habits,” developed with the support of the Scottsdale Cultural Council/Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Washington to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants new spring training park in Scottsdale.

The work became the forerunner of MOMIX’s Baseball, which Pendleton created in 1994. MOMIX’s celebrated homage to the desert landscape, “Opus Cactus,” was originally a 30-minute piece commissioned for Ballet Arizona.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue.

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