MOMIX Dance Company recreates the American southwest in ‘Opus Cactus’ at OCCC

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    (Published: 03-10-17)

MOMIX Dance Company's Opus Cactus performs

MOMIX Dance Company will present their exquisite performance of Opus Cactus in Oklahoma City Community College's (OCCC) Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater April 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Moses Pendleton, founder and artistic director for MOMIX Dance Company, brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers - a spectacular blend of physical theatre, circus, athleticism and comedy.

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in national commercials for Hanes and Target that premiered during the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. With performances on PBS's "Dance in America" series, France's Antenne II, and Italian RAI television, the company's repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries. 

Joining the Montreal Symphony in the Rhombus Media film of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," which won an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special, the company's performance was distributed on laser disc by Decca Records. MOMIX was also featured in "IMAGINE," one of the first 3-D IMAX films to be released in IMAX theaters world-wide. MOMIX dancers Cynthia Quinn and Karl Baumann, under Pendleton's direction, played the role of "Bluey" in the feature film "FX2"; and "White Widow," co-choreographed by Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, was featured in Robert Altman's movie, "The Company." Participating in the "Hommage a Picasso" in Paris, MOMIX was also selected to represent the US at the European Cultural Center at Delphi.

With the support of the Scottsdale Cultural Council and Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pendleton created "Bat Habits" to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants' new spring training park in Scottsdale. MOMIX has been commissioned by corporations such as Fiat and Mercedes Benz, performing at Fiat's month long 100th Anniversary Celebration in Torino, Italy and Mercedes Benz's International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. With nothing more than light, shadow, props and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 35 years.

To purchase your individual or group tickets to the last Performing Arts Series' performance of the season, MOMIX Dance Company's "Opus Cactus," please choose from the following options:

  • Online at tickets.occc.edu
  • By calling the Cultural Programs department at (405) 682-7579
  • In person at the Cultural Programs Box Office

For more information about the Performing Arts Series at Oklahoma City Community College, visit www.occc.edu/pas or call (405) 682-7576.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency's mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma's thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides approximately 500 grants to almost 250 organizations in communties statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. Addition information is available at arts.ok.gov.

Oklahoma City Community College opened the doors to the 1,049-seat Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater in early 2014. It features a large atrium with three-story high windows, state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and will allow the college to host larger Broadway-style touring productions. The Visual and Performing Arts Center also houses an art gallery and academic center featuring a rehearsal room, library, six classrooms, seven studios, seven labs and faculty offices.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. The college is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.