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After a 5-year hiatus, Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden are collaborating again for the return of MOMIX’s Opus Cactus for three performances only, Jan. 12-13 in the magical setting of the Orpheum Theatre. MOMIX’s dancers take audiences on a dynamic journey where their bodies become towering cacti and brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of Opus Cactus. Opus Cactus was originally created as a 20-minute act in 1999 for the Ballet Arizona.
“One of the pillars of the Garden’s programs is to explore the intersection of art and nature,” says Ken Schutz, Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director. “The wonderful thing about this intersection is that each enriches the other. When we had the opportunity to co-present Opus Cactus with the Ballet, it was an ideal addition to our ongoing relationship with them”.
“The dancers of MOMIX transform themselves with such skill that you’ll feel you’re in the midst of the desert with all its creatures, cacti and mystery,” says Samantha Turner, Ballet Arizona’s Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to co-present this otherworldly production with the Desert Botanical Garden, ” says Samantha Turner, executive Director of Ballet Arizona.
Since 2012, Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden have collaborated with the hopes of infusing art and nature in an unforgettable experience to challenge emotional boundaries. After the success of Ib Andersen’s TOPIA, which was performed at the Garden three times Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona will continue its partnership until 2020. Arizonans and international visitors continue to be enchanted by works of art that embrace the desert as a stunning backdrop.
Tickets start at $35. For more additional ticket information, visit balletaz.org or call 602-381-1096.
About Ballet Arizona
Ballet Arizona, in its 32nd season, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating new and innovative works. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ib Andersen – a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet – Ballet Arizona follows his lead to the future of dance in Arizona. The School of Ballet Arizona, promotes access to the art form of ballet through dance education, with a focus on excellence in the form, directing each student to a life-long love of dance. Following this vision, Ballet Arizona connects to more than 35,000 children and families every year through its free and low cost outreach programs. For additional information about Ballet Arizona please visit balletaz.org.
About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest, featuring 55,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.
MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances worldwide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of 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, winner of 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 worldwide. MOMIX dancers Cynthia Quinn and Karl Baumann, under Moses 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 Homage a Picasso in Paris, MOMIX was also selected to represent the US at the European Cultural Center at Delphi.
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