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Botanica - dancer-illusionists


Botanica - dancer-illusionists

Botanica reveals world in spectacular illusionary style 

Photos by Max Pucciariello 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Botanica, a commentary on the state of nature today, takes audiences to a fantasy world created by MOMIX, a company of dancer-illusionists.

The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, and again at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets, which are $50 and $40, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

In an endless search for "another gravity," artistic director Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes and inventive props to create a stunning multimedia experience.

Pendleton has been one of America's most innovative and widely performed choreographers and directors for more than 40 years. He was a founding member of the groundbreaking Pilobolus Theater in 1971 and he founded his own company, Momix, in 1980.

Botanica has played on stages across the world. Its schedule last fall included performances in Italy and France.

MOMIX OrangeThe Albany, N.Y., Times Union called the show "earthly and otherworldly at once – a magnificent vision of the everyday miracles around us."

And this was the assessment from The New York Times: "Eye-popping and mind-boggling...everything looks magical."

Besides producing stage performances worldwide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, appearing in a national commercial for Hanes and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.