Great escape

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 4, 2008

"I want them to grasp something they didn't previously understand," he explained. "It has something to do with spirituality, religion, worship, so that it becomes not just their livelihood but their ritual."

As a choreographer, Pendleton takes input from his dancers when it feels right — "when they're just having fun, a lot of good ideas pop up." He organizes and edits many spontaneous movement phrases into the carefully staged pieces that Momix performs. The music for the pieces is a key element, as is the collage of visual images that emerges.

And through it all, Pendleton hopes that audiences come away from Momix shows with "a little less gravity in their step."

"We try to be provocative and evocative and not really tell a story," he reflected. "We want our body of work and imagery to stimulate people's imaginations, to take them away for an hour and a half, to let them escape reality."

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