Momix Set to Wow with Alice March 8
Dance and Illusion Combine in Acrobatic Adventure
MOMIX, the wildly creative dance company led by famed artistic director Moses Pendleton, brings its fantastical Alice, to Lafayette’s Heymann Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. The extraordinary MOMIX dancers tell the tale of Alice, an exhilarating acrobatic adventure with inventive costuming, imaginative props, and fantastic visual effects. Tickets are available at the Heymann Center box office and at https://www.pasaonline.org.
Seamlessly blending illusion, acrobatics, magic, and whimsy, MOMIX sends audiences flying down the rabbit hole in Pendleton’s newest creation, Alice, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. “I don’t intend to retell the whole Alice story” Pendleton says, “but to use it as a taking off point for invention.”
With Alice, MOMIX takes audiences on a magical, fun journey, full of fantastical imagery and absurdity. The caterpillar, white rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, as well as spiders, lobsters and other surprises come together in this combination of imaginative costuming, lighting, music and imagery.
Broadway World says it’s “hard to picture a more imaginative interpretation” of Alice in Wonderland. The Wall Street Journal says “MOMIX’s Alice fills the stage with a marvelously dizzying flow of physical activities and illusions amid expansive, artful projections”
As Alice’s body grows and shrinks and grows again, Pendleton’s dancers extend themselves by means of props, ropes, and other dancers.
This is MOMIX’s third visit to Lafayette. Each show has been entirely different and equally exciting from the other. You never quite know what to expect. As Alice falls down the rabbit hole and experiences every kind of transformation, so does the audience.
“We are always surprised and wowed by MOMIX,” says PASA executive director Jackie Lyle. “This extraordinary troupe seamlessly builds its stories with the imaginative spirit of cirque and fun. That’s why MOMIX is a staple in theaters around the world, and that’s why we can’t wait to see Alice.
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, appearing in 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.
Moses Pendleton is a font of invention, who—for more than 50 years—has been one of America's most innovative and widely performed choreographers and directors. A co-founder of the ground-breaking Pilobolous Dance Theater in 1971, he formed his own company, MOMIX, in 1980. Mr. Pendleton has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera, and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events around the world.
In addition to the public performance on March 8, MOMIX will also perform Alice for Lafayette Parish School System fifth graders on March 9 in a PASA Daytime Performance for Students.
PASA’s presentation of MOMIX: Alice is sponsored by Lee Michaels and Clarion Pointe Hotel.
Tickets are available now for the March 8 performance of MOMIX: Alice at www.pasaonline.org or at the Heymann Center box office. The box office phone number is 337-291-5555 and box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.