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Feb. 9, 2007

Moses Pendleton's Momix Will Take Hancher Audience To The Moon Feb. 27

Momix will take audience members on an imaginative trip to the moon when it performs Moses Pendleton's "Lunar Sea" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.

"Lunar Sea" combines fantastical costumes, black lights and the otherworldly skills of the Momix dancers to create illusions of movement that are not supposed to be possible on planet Earth.

In the first half of the 90-minute show, "Sea of Tranquility," phosphorescent "sea" creatures seem to emerge, float and cavort. The second half, "Bay of Seething" features haunting, angel-like puppets created by Michael Curry.

Critic Jack Anderson wrote, "Travel agents should be warned. When they arrive at their offices early in the morning these days, they may find lines of impatient people banging on their doors eager to book excursions to the moon. These are dancegoers who have just seen Moses Pendleton's 'Lunar Sea' ... .

"This eye-popping and mind-boggling production suggests that the moon is a jolly place with lots of cool nightlife. It has hot spots as well, but nothing there runs totally amok. And everything looks magical ... .

"Ordinary concepts of weight are constantly defied. Dancers bound about without touching the floor, or if they do, they instantly bounce heavenward again. Scurrying creatures appear to be nothing but legs. Body parts miraculously detach themselves and reassemble. Waving arms become bird wings. Shapes zip in and out as if on celestial skateboards.

"Mr. Pendleton's work says nothing profound about astronomy, but it reveals much about the power of theatrical illusion. 'Lunar Sea' celebrates the joy of spectacle."

For more than 30 years Moses Pendleton has been one of American's most popular and innovative choreographers and directors. A founding member of Pilobolus in 1971, Pendleton formed Momix in the 1980s to pursue his personal vision. The company quickly shot to worldwide fame for its inventive, witty and illusionistic style.

His work outside Momix has ranged from work with the Joffrey Ballet and other companies; co-choreography for AEROS, featuring the Romanian gymnastics team; the 3-D film "Imagine"; and music videos with musicians including Prince and Julian Lennon.

Momix in Hancher is supported by Comfort Suites, Roger and Gayle Klouda, and Scheels All Sports through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $38/35/32; UI student $34.20/15; senior citizen $34.20/31.50/28.80; youth $26.60/24.50/22.40. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's Web site:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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