MOMIX’s Botanica revels in the animated world of nature and its evolving beauty. A ninety-minute dance-theatre work featuring more than twenty performance pieces, Botanica follows the full cycle of seasons. The dancer-illusionists explore the qualities of earth, light, darkness, and air with the help of whimsical costumes, multimedia projections, custom-made props, and clever puppetry created by Michael Curry, who co-designed the masks and puppets for Broadway’s The Lion King. The eclectic score ranges from birdsongs to Vivaldi. The performers evoke plants, animals, and natural phenomena such as snowstorms and solar flares. Moses Pendleton, Botanica choreographer and MOMIX founder, creates supremely integrated compositions. “MOMIX deals in illusions, props, and trippy images, and Botanica has an abundance of all three,” observes a New York Times critic. “… I took a fancy to the blooming marigolds, poking their green faces and shapely bare legs out of torso-size orange hair scrunchies. I liked the woman in a Vietnamese-looking hat with beaded strands that hung around her like a birdcage before spinning up like a turbine when she whirled. A triceratops skeleton coming to life is a sight any kid would deem cool.” Beautiful and enthralling, Botanica is a perfect show for the entire family.
Benson and Christine Lichtig