Nature, like the weather, is ever changing. In its dance-theater production Botanica, Momix revels in the animated world of nature and its evolving beauty. The internationally famous company of dancer-illusionists, last seen at Penn State in a 2009 performance of Lunar Sea, opens the Center for the Performing Arts season with Botanica at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Eisenhower Auditorium.
A 90-minute, family-friendly work featuring more than 20 performance pieces, Botanica follows the seasons beginning with winter. The performers explore the qualities of earth, light, darkness and air with the help of fanciful 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 bird songs to music by Vivaldi.
Tickets for the Sept. 12 show are still available.
Check out a Center for the Performing Arts interview with Momix Artistic Director Moses Pendleton. The interview includes video excerpts of Botanica.
Read a Center for the Performing Arts feature article about Pendleton and the creation of Botanica.
Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra cost to ticket holders.
Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Momix dancer and dance captain Simona Di Tucci, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance. Artistic Viewpoints often fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.