MOMIX brings “Opus Cactus,” dance fantasy inspired by American Southwest, to UAB’s Alys Stephens Center May 11-13

The landscape of the American Southwest is brought to life with illusionistic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. The New York Times declared, “Opus Cactus is at heart a sprawling, luscious fantasy.”

Dance illusionists MOMIX will present “Opus Cactus” from May 11-13 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Known for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is directed by Moses Pendleton. The company’s repertory has gained international fame. In addition to stage performances worldwide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, including commercials and performances on PBS’ “Dance in America” series, France’s Antenne II and Italian RAI television.

With nothing more than light, shadow, props and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences for more than 35 years. The Wall Street Journal said of the company, “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 company’s stunning performance “Opus Cactus” may leave audiences speechless. After a 10-year rest period, “Opus Cactus” is back again with a new look, fresh energy and fun surprises. 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 brought back and a full-evening work was created. The New York Post wrote of the work, “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.” The New York Times declared, “Opus Cactus is at heart a sprawling, luscious fantasy.”

momix 2017 webShows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, in the center’s Sirote Theatre. Tickets are $28, $35 and $45. Buy three or more tickets to this performance and save 30 percent. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

UAB students and faculty may purchase $25 tickets; a limited number of $25 tickets are available for each show. All UAB students, faculty and staff may receive a 20 percent discount on single tickets. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

This performance is part of the Jemison Investment Co. Dance Series. Supporting sponsors are South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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