Video: Best of MOMIX tours Israel this July.
Most of the choreographers I’ve interviewed here in Israel are, of course, Israeli. But since I’ve been freelancing more as a dance writer, I’ve had some great opportunities to interview choreographers from abroad whose companies are touring to Tel Aviv.
MOMIX is the next major dance troupe which will travel through town, and a few weeks ago I enjoyed a lively Skype conversation with the company’s founder, Moses Pendleton. After sorting through a half-hour’s worth of worthy material – a difficult task when your interview subject is thoughtful, well-spoken, and quite witty – I wrote “Momixian Fantasy,” which was published the Jerusalem Post on June 25, 2009.
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‘You never know when you’re going to be attacked by an idea,” says choreographer Moses Pendleton. Israeli audiences will get to see several of Pendleton’s highly original ideas when his Connecticut-based company, MOMIX, tours Best of MOMIX to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba in July. The program is, according to Pendleton, “a compilation of several highlights from several programs put together like a rock music album.”
Few dance companies can pull off a greatest hits show – but MOMIX can. Over its 29-year history, the company has produced a string of works that are not only successful but wildly inventive. Best of MOMIX features eye-catching excerpts from Lunar Sea, Opus Cactus, Momix in Orbit and the company’s latest creation, Botanica.