BOONE, NC— Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts event, An Appalachian summer festivalfinishes his 38e season with MOMIX: Alice, Saturday July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The internationally renowned dancer-illusionists of MOMIX conjure up the magical world of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts in this stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s novel. Journey down the rabbit hole with MOMIX and the visionary choreography of MOMIX Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, who founded the company 42 years ago. Filled with visual splendor and startling creative movement, Alice reveals that nothing in the world of MOMIX is what it seems!
Tickets are $35 adults, $20 students and free for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. Buy tickets on Appsummer.org, in person at the Schaefer Center (733 Rivers St.), or call the box office at 828-262-4046.
Alice – which comes to Boone fresh from its July premiere at New York’s Joyce Theater – features mind-bending use of multimedia, theatrical invention, stunning lights, elaborate costumes and heady sound, creating a dance experience unlike any others. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, the critically acclaimed production is reimagined through MOMIX’s typically vigorous and acrobatic language, with a healthy dose of illusions, psychedelic imagery and special effects.
- “MOMIX: ALICE is as close to perfection as anything I’ve ever imagined in my wildest dreams. —Broadwayworld.com
- “MOMIX has proven that after 42 years it can still wow audiences with its use of movement, lighting, props, puppets and talented performers.” —LA Dance Chronicle
- “It’s a triumph of imagination, illusions and special effects, a breathtaking spectacle that is an endless metamorphosis where all the dancers are the protagonists.” —TheWonderfulWorldofDance.com
Alice herself is played in turn or at the same time by the entire female company, and even by a collection of puppets in the vignettes following Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole, where she encounters various versions of herself -same. Throughout the 90-minute performance, 70s-style kaleidoscopic projections magnify nature; a gallery of mysterious characters that constantly come to life – from spiders and bunnies to the inevitable queen of hearts; and the costumes, strange and wonderfully elaborate pieces of art, transform the dancers from character to character. The soundscape, curated by Pendleton, includes a musical collage of pieces from such distinctive artists/composers as AR Rahman, Danny Elfman, Franz Ferdinand and Gotye, as well as a stage-stealing nose number from Jefferson Airplane/Grace Slick.
$35 adults, $20 students, children 12 and under free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Buy tickets online at Appsummer.org, in person at the Schaefer Center (733 Rivers St.) or call the box office at 828-262-4046.
Sponsorship of the performance is provided by Chuck and Anna Eyler.
Recognized internationally for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances around the world, MOMIX has worked in film and television, most recently appearing in a national advertisement for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the broadcast of the 67th Golden Globe Awards. annual. With performances on the PBS series “Dance in America”, on Antenne II in France and on Italian television RAI, the company’s repertoire has been broadcast in 55 countries. Join the Orchester symphonique de Montréal in Mussorgsky’s film Rhombus Media Pictures at an exhibition, winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special, the company’s performance was distributed on laserdisc by Decca Records. MOMIX was also featured in TO IMAGINE, one of the first IMAX 3D films to be released in IMAX theaters worldwide. MOMIX dancers Cynthia Quinn and Karl Baumann, under the direction of Moses Pendleton, starred as “Bluey” in the feature film FX2; and “White Widow”, co-choreographed by Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, was featured in Robert Altman’s film The company. Participate in the Tribute to Picasso in Paris, MOMIX was also selected to represent the United States at the European Cultural Center in Delphi.
With support from the Scottsdale Cultural Council Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Pendleton created “Bat Habits” to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants’ new spring training park in Scottsdale. MOMIX has been commissioned by companies such as Fiat and Mercedes Benz, performing at Fiat’s 100th anniversary celebration in Turin, Italy, and the Mercedes Benz International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. With nothing more than light, shadow, props and the human body, MOMIX has been astonishing audiences on five continents for over 40 years.
About an Appalachian summer festival:
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Culture Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held each July at venues across the university campus and features an eclectic and diverse mix of music, dance , theatre, visual arts and film. programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programs to suit almost any taste and artistic preference. With an audience of 28,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years. With ticket prices ranging from $20 to $50, as well as several free events and special ticket offers, the festival offers residents and visitors unique opportunities to create artistic experiences to suit their artistic tastes and budget.
The dates for the 2022 festival were July 1-30. Visit AppSummer.org to see the full list of calendars.
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