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Bodies in motion in Vail Valley

Sarah Dixon
Special to the Daily
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley performances: Momix's choreography relies heavily upon creative lighting and unique costumes to create a theatrical form of dance.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Momix, which returns to the Vail Valley Sunday, is about much more than just dance.

Under the innovative direction of Moses Pendleton, the 20-year-old company has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body to arrive at a vocabulary of movement all their own.

The resulting performance style is not unlike a Cirque de Soleil, where grace meets acrobatics, where lithe dancers float weightlessly across the stage thanks to stunning sets and illusions.

“If you’re a fan of the Cirque or Chinese Acrobats shows we’ve brought in the past, you will love Momix,” said Vilar Center General Manager Gena Buhler, who has seen them perform numerous times. “The use of illusion, the athleticism, the tremendous strength of the performers is similar to what you’ll see in Momix. Only with Momix, there’s an even more developed artistry throughout the evening.”

Momix returns to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.

The performance on Sunday night is Momix’s fourth in the Beaver Creek venue.

“Year after year, our audiences ask us when we’re bringing Momix back,” said Vilar Center Executive Director Kris Sabel. “They have such an expansive repertoire. Every time I’ve seen them, I’ve seen something new that just blows me away.”

This year the company is bringing a program called “The Best of Momix,” which features some of their classical pieces, like “Dream Catcher” and “Tuu,” and also excerpts from their newer pieces, including “Lunar Sea” and “Passion.” It’s a mix that reaches across the company’s two decades of choreography.

Buhler says Momix dance is in the same contemporary, theatrical genre as Pilobolus and Diavolo, companies who have also performed at the Vilar Center.

“The choreography is strongly based on themes,” Buhler said. “The dancers work together on stage to make flowers, pyramids, sea monsters. They create images with their bodies as a whole group. It’s truly astounding.”

Though the word “accessible” is often a dirty word in the realm of dance, it can be used here as praise for what Momix does. Their art engages audiences in a way that not all dance can.

“I’ve watched audiences at the last three Momix shows literally entranced by what’s happening on stage,” Sabel said. “Momix has a way of making believers out of everyone, even people who might think they don’t like ‘dance.’ This is much more than just dance – it’s a totally unique experience.”

Sarah Dixon is the marketing and public relations manager for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. E-mail comments about this story to

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