Magazine article Musical Opinion

Momix at the Peacock

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Momix at the Peacock

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Momix is a company of dancers led by Moses Pendleton, who appeared at the Peacock Theatre on 9 November in Lunar Sea; the wordplay of the title gives some indication of what was to follow. The underlying idea was to create an optical illusion and to attempt to show the impossible: to confuse the eye and the brain so that sometimes one was attempting to rationalise and to work out how a particular movement had been achieved, at others to give up trying and just accept the impossible.

The First Part, Sea of Tranquillity, was set to ambient music and performed behind a gauze onto which different images were imposed. The dancers all wore body stockings which were a mixture of light and black, the light side picked out with ultra-violet light which enabled the performers to intertwine legs, do arabesques and be lifted, to create an effect of bodies floating, gliding, rising and falling, and do incredible things in an apparently weightless environment. …

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