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MomixMoses Pendleton‘s wildly popular MOMIX will return to The Joyce Theater for three-weeks this holiday season with reMIX, a collection of the company’s most striking images from over 30 years of work from December 17 – January 5.  Tickets, priced from $10 – $59 ($26 – $44 for Joyce members), can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at www.joyce.orgThe Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (@ 19th street) in Chelsea.

This holiday season, enjoy the exciting treat of MOMIX, Moses Pendleton’s awe-inspiring company of dancers, as it takes to The Joyce Theater stage with reMIX, a mixed program of the most beautiful and popular pieces in the company’s vast repertoire perfect for all audiences.  Since the early 1980’s, audiences have been mesmerized as founding director Pendleton transformed the extraordinary dancers of MOMIX into desert flora and fauna, floated them magically through surreal extraterrestrial terrains, strapped them into snow skis for a downhill pas de deux, or hurled them through the air like baseballs.  In this return to The Joyce Theater, MOMIX will present a collection of their most memorable and gravity defying pieces including selections from their mega-hits: Orbit, Lunar Sea, Opus Cactus and Botanica.  As always, Pendleton’s creations are sure to surprise, seduce and stimulate.  Don’t miss this surreal journey through the unique MOMIX universe featuring the most striking images from over 30 years of work.

MOMIX has performed for audiences in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, China, Russia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.  Pendleton’s latest piece, the enchanting Alchemia, had its world premiere earlier this year and is now touring throughout Europe before a Philadelphia engagement in May.

MOMIX returns to The Joyce Theater this holiday season with reMIX, playing the following schedule from December 17 – January 5:Tuesday and Wednesday @ 7:30 PM; Thursday and Friday @ 8:00 PM; Saturday @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM; Sunday @ 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM.  All tickets are $59 ($26 – $44 for Joyce members) and are available by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at www.joyce.org.  Ticket price is subject to change.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.  For more information, please visit www.momix.com.



Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. With performances on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, France’s Antenne II, and Italian RAI television, the company’s repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries. Joining the Montreal Symphony in the Rhombus Media film of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special, the company’s performance was distributed on laser disc by Decca Records. MOMIX was also featured in IMAGINE, one of the first 3-D IMAX films to be released in IMAX theaters world-wide. MOMIX dancers Cynthia Quinn and Karl Baumann, under Moses Pendleton’s direction, played the role of “Bluey” in the feature film FX2; and White Widow, co-choreographed by Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, was featured in Robert Altman’s movie, The Company. Participating in the Homage a Picasso in Paris, MOMIX was also selected to represent the US at the European Cultural Center at Delphi. With the support of the Scottsdale Cultural Council Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Pendleton created Bat Habits to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants’ new spring training park in Scottsdale. MOMIX has been commissioned by corporations such as Fiat and Mercedes Benz, performing at Fiat’s month long 100th Anniversary Celebration in Torino, Italy and Mercedes Benz’s International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. With nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 30 years.


MOSES PENDLETON (Artistic Director) has been one of America’s most innova­tive and widely performed choreographers and directors for over 40 years. Co-founder of the ground-breaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, he formed his own company, MOMIX, in 1980. Mr. Pendleton has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events.  Mr. Pendleton was born and raised on a dairy farm in Northern Vermont. His earliest experi­ences as a showman came from exhibiting his family’s dairy cows at the Caledonian County Fair. He received his BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1971 and immedi­ately began touring with Pilobolus, which had grown out of dance classes with Alison Chase at Dartmouth. The group shot to fame in the1970’s, performing on Broadway under the sponsorship of Pierre Cardin, touring inter­nationally, and appearing in PBS’s Dance in America and Great Performances series.

By the end of the decade, Mr. Pendleton had begun to work outside of Pilobolus, performing in and serving as principal chore­ographer for the Paris Opera’s Integrale Erik Satie in 1979 and choreographing the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980. In 1981 he created MOMIX, which rapidly established an inter­national reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography. The troupe has been touring steadily and is currently performing several programs internationally. The company has made numerous special programs for Italian and French television and received the Gold Medal of the Verona Festival in 1994.  Mr. Pendleton has also been active as a performer and choreographer for other companies. He has staged Picabia’s Dadaist  ballet Relache for the Joffrey Ballet and Tutu­guri, based on the writings of Artaud, for the Deutsch Opera.

He created the role of the Fool for Yuri Lyubi­mov’s production of Mussorgsky’s Khovan­schina at La Scala and choreographed Rame­au’s Platee for the U.S. Spoleto Festival in 1987. He contributed choreography to Lina Wertmuller’s production of Carmen at the Munich State Opera in 1993. More recently, he has choreographed new works for the Arizona Ballet and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He teamed up with Danny Ezralow and David Parsons to choreograph AEROS with the Romanian gymnastics team.  His film and television work includes the feature film FX2 with Cynthia Quinn, Moses Pendleton Presents Moses Pendleton for ABC ARTS cable (winner of a Cine Golden Eagle award), and Pictures at an Exhibition with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony, which received an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special in 1991. Mr. Pendleton has made music videos with Prince, Julian Lennon, and Cathy Dennis, among others.  Mr. Pendleton is an avid photographer with works presented in Rome, Milan, Florence, and Aspen. Images of his sunflower plant­ings at his home in northwestern Connecticut have been featured in numerous books and articles on gardening. He is the subject of the book Salto di Gravita by Lisavetta Scarbi, published in Italy in 1999. Mr. Pendleton was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor’s Award in 1998. He received the Positano Choreographic Award in 1999 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977. He is a recipient of a 2002 American Choreography Award for his contributions to choreography for film and television. In May 2010, Mr. Pendleton received an honorary doctorate of fine arts (HDFA) and delivered the keynote commencement address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


CYNTHIA QUINN (Associate Director) grew up in Southern California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Riverside and continued there as an Associate in Dance for five years. In 1988 she received the University’s Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Young Graduate Award”. As a member of Pilobolus, she performed on Broadway and throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Israel and Japan. She collaborated on the choreography of Day Two, Elegy for the Moment, Mirage, What Grows in Huygens Window and Stabat Mater. Ms. Quinn began performing with MOMIX in 1983 and has since toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. She has appeared in numerous television programs and music videos; and has assisted Moses Pendleton in the choreography of Pulcinella  for the Ballet Nancy in France, Tutuguri for the Berlin Opera Ballet,  Platee for the Spoleto Festival USA, Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel  in New York,  AccorDION for the Zurich-Vorbuhne Theatre and Carmen for the Munich State Opera, as well as Opus Cactus for Arizona Ballet and Noir Blanc for Aspen Sante Fe Ballet. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the Ballet Theatre Francaise de Nancy, the Berlin Opera Ballet and the Munich State Opera, as well as international galas in Italy, France and Japan. Ms. Quinn made her film debut as “Bluey” (a role she shared with Karl Baumann) in FX II.  She was a featured performer in the Emmy Award winning “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Montreal Symphony and has also appeared in a 3D IMAX film. Ms. Quinn is a board member of the Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington, Connecticut and is on the advisory board of the Susan B. Anthony Project, also in Torrington, CT. Ms. Quinn was featured with Ru Paul and k.d. Lang for M.A.C. Cosmetics’ “Fashion Cares” benefits in Toronto and Vancouver.  Ms. Quinn is co-choreographer of “White Widow,” which is featured prominently in the Robert Altman film, The Company. Ms. Quinn was also featured in the film, “First Born,” with Elisabeth Shue.  However, her most rewarding and challenging role is as a mother to her daughter, Quinn Elisabeth.


TODD BURNSED (Dancer) Todd Burnsed is an Atlanta area native who began playing baseball at the age of 6, tennis at the age of 11, and took his first dance class at 15.  Under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy, he received a BFA from The Juilliard School.  He has toured to over 25 countries with MOMIX, The Next Stage Project, and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out.  Todd was an original Broadway cast member of Tharp’s Come Fly Away and her Las Vegas production, Sinatra Dance With Me. He has performed at The Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Le Sacre du printemps, Les Troyens, and Parsifal.  He is also a member of Jessica Lang Dance.  Todd first joined MOMIX in 2001.


OHIO DILLZ (Dancer) Ohio graduated with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2006, with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in modern dance performance.  He was immediately employed by world-renowned dance companies across the U.S.A, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean Islands, including Momix and Xclaim Dance Company.  After many months in China and several years in Italy, Ohio returned to the US and relocated to NYC, where he choreographed/danced with top recording artists including Nicki Minaj, Nick Cannon, Jesse McCartney, Nick Loren, Nelson Chang, Santalina, Raven Symone, Mishon and Latin superstar J. Martin.  His commercial events include productions for Nokia, Hasbro, Capezio, Adidas, Mercedes, Samsung, F.I.V.E. Productions, Vibe Dance Company, Garden State Dance Festival and Brian Sanders JUNK.


JONATHAN EDEN (Dancer) began dancing in Columbia, South Carolina with the Classical Youth Ballet of Columbia.  He then moved to Connecticut to study at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts under the direction of Sharon Dante.  While at Nutmeg, Jonathan won a bronze medal in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition.  Currently Jonathan is working towards his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and is enjoying it immensely!  Jonathan joined MOMIX in 2004.


STEVEN EZRA (Dance Captain)Born and raised in Long Island, Steven Ezra began training classical ballet at the ripe age of thirteen.  His first steps toward a professional career started at the Seiskaya Ballet School in Long Island.  He then went off to the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut and finished his training at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  At eighteen years old his career path took a turn away from classical ballet when he joined MOMIX in 2003.  Enamored with MOMIX since a young age, Steven Ezra proudly performed much of its grand repertoire all around the world, in over twenty countries, for more than ten years and counting.  He assisted in creating the full length evening performances of Lunar Sea, Botanica, and Alchemia, respectively, and has collaborated with MOMIX for many industrial shows as well as a commercial for Target.  Most recently, he appeared as a finalist on America’s Got Talent with the shadow performance troupe Catapult, with which he collaborated since 2011.  He continues working for both MOMIX and Catapult, as well as freelancing around NYC.  In his spare time he enjoys practicing guitar and studying Italian.  Gedetevi lo spettacolo!


NICOLE LOIZIDES (Dance Captain & NYSLMT) danced with Joffrey II, NYDT, NYC Contemporary, and Ballet Hispanico of NY before joining MOMIX in 1999.  She has taken part in the creative process for 4 of their shows and has toured six continents both performing and teaching for the company. In February of 2002 she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as the athletic dancer and in September that same year performed Millenium Skiva on Live with Regis and Kelly.  In 2007 she had the privilege of performing for, and meeting, HM Queen Elizabeth and HM Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Show in Liverpool, England.  Nicole appeared in MOMIXs Target commercial that aired in 2009 and is looking forward to her 14th season with the company.


NATALIE LOMONTE  (Dancer) After attending Marymount Manhattan College, Natalie first joined MOMIX in 2002, touring extensively in the shows: Opus CactusBaseballMomix in Orbit, and Lunar Sea.  She appeared in a HANES National Commercial featuring the company and was a part of the team in a creative workshop for the Las Vegas show, Le Reve.   Natalie has also collaborated to create work and toured with CBE, Pilobolus, and Parsons Dance.  Film: Sex and the City 2, Danced with Liza Minelli.  Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Original cast member/Dance Captain/Dance Supervisor.  Natalie is an adjunct professor of Dance at Fordham University and has lead movement workshops for the theater departments at Harvard University and Vassar College.  Natalie now serves as Choreographer/Movement Director for OYL Theater Company.  She is excited to have Co-Directed their current production, the US premier, What We Know, which is playing at Teatro Circulo here in NYC.  Natalie is so greatful to be here performing with MOMIX once again.  www.oneyearlease.orgwww.natalielomonte.com


DANIELLE MCFALL (Dancer) originally from Wichita, KS, began her career dancing with The Hartford Ballet. Danielle joined MOMIX in 2003. She was featured in the MOMIX, Hanes Her Way national television and print campaign and performed for Pope Benedictus XVI’s Papal visit to New York’s Yankee Stadium. Danielle was a fellow in the highly selective Performers in Transition to Arts Management Fellowship with The Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ms. McFall is currently the Company Manager for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She is delighted to be back on stage this holiday season with her MOMIX family and would like to thank her family and soon to be husband, Schuyler for their continuous love and support.


SARAH NACHBAUER (Dancer) began dancing in Pittsfield, MA with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Terpsichore Dance Theatre and appeared annually at Jacob’s Pillow.  She moved to Boston where she studied with the Emerson Dance Ensemble and Prometheus Dance Company.  She attended The Boston Conservatory, under the direction of Yasuko Tokunaga, where she graduated Cum Laude.  Sarah has performed premiere works choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Seàn Curran, Daniel Pelzig, Kathreine Helen Fisher and assisted Donald Byrd. She has also performed timeless pieces by Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, José Limòn and Murray Louis. She has been honored with a Best of Boston award and was a recipient of the Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Award. Sarah appeared on season 8 of America’s Got Talent with Top 12 finalists Catapult Entertainment and is a print model for acclaimed photographer Robert Whitman.  Ms. Nachbauer has taught at The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, at a residency with the Moscow Ballet, and is the co-creator of an artist in residency program in Berkshire County.   Sarah is also a personal trainer for the Tracy Anderson Method and a Kripalu trained body worker.   Sarah joined MOMIX in 2003.


REBECCA RASMUSSEN (Dance Captain) Was born and raised in Moorpark, CA (southern) where she professionally performed with the Media City Ballet, La Danserie, and the DeDa Dance Theatre. Rebecca received her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory where she had the honor of performing works by Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Michael Folkine and Murray Louis. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their endless love and support because without them she wouldn’t be where she is now. Rebecca has been traveling the world with MOMIX since 2006.


PAULA RIVERA (Dancer) began dancing at four years old in her hometown of Albuquerque New Mexico. She went on to study at the Ballet West Conservatory, Nutmeg Conservatory, the Joffery Ballet and Alonzo King’s Lines. Since becoming a professional she has performed with The Milwaukee Ballet, Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and the Northwest Professional Dance Project. In 2005 she took a break from ballet to be a performer aboard Carnival Cruise line’s M/S celebration. Paula joined MOMIX in 2007. Since that time she has had the privilege of visiting thirteen countries with MOMIX . Paula’s love of dance has expanded to a love of all movement. In addition to her dance career Paula has been personal training in and around Manhattan for nearly ten years. Most recently she has also become a Gyrotonic™ Instructor. Paula lives with her husband in Harrison, NY and is grateful for his unending support.


BRIAN SIMERSON (Dancer) native of Virginia Beach, VA has been with MOMIX since 1994 and has a BFA from NYU/Tisch  1991-1994, He was a principal of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Choreographic commissions, Nutmeg Ballet, Skidmore College, Northwestern University, NYU/Tisch, New York Ballet Competition, Jefferson Dancers, Randolph College, ARGS. In 2008, he was first assistant to Daniel Ezralow creating the ceremonies for Pope Benedictus Papal visit to New York. In 2012,  He created, ‘Bach and Forth”, for Justin Tuck of the NY Giants and was premiered at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series. He is a composer, with commissions from Bucknell University, Northwestern University, NYU/Tisch, Nutmeg Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Maximum Dance/Miami, DTW, and MOMIX. Brian premiered his first commissioned symphony, “KARA The Mystic,” 2001. Brian’s score “IPHEGENIA”, was produced for Off-Off Broadway  2006. Brian is the recipient of the Virginia Fine Arts Award in Excellence, a Presidential Scholar and a Connecticut Commission for the Arts Fellow. Most recently, in 2013, he became a Fellow of The Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


ALAN BOEDING (Sculpture Design) a native of Chamberlain, South Dakota, received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of South Dakota in 1980 and his MFA from Indiana University in 1983. Alan began dancing with the Windfall Modern Dance Company in 1981. Since then he has performed with Ruby Shang and Dancers at the American Dance Festival; Dancers Unlimited in Dallas, Texas; and with Daniel Ezralow’s Conspiracies and Collaborations at Dance Theater Workshop in New York. A highlight in Alan’s career was a solo performance in the Rome Colosseum, in The Night of Music, Italy Rada Film by Andrea Andermann in 1987. In July 1990, Alan performed in a three city International Etoiles Gala in Japan. He has recently formed his own sculpture/dance company and is creating new sculpture and choreography. Alan received a “work space” grant from the 92nd Street Y in New York City to continue his work. He has been working with MOMIX since 1984.


WOODROW F. DICK III (Production Manager/ Lighting Supervisor) No, this name is not someone’s idea of something funny to slip into the program. Woodrow, or “Woody” as he is affectionately called, gave up being taken seriously long ago.  You won’t believe anything that is written here so why should he even bother to tell you about himself?  He has worked on various productions, some big, most of them small.  This would have probably been the bio that gave you that smug satisfaction of recognizing an obscure production that no one else you came with has seen.  But really, what’s the point in listing all of that stuff and wasting space in this program when you still don’t believe there’s a guy out there named Woody Dick?


PHOEBE KATZIN (Costume Designer) has been designing and constructing dresses and costumes for over twenty years.  After graduating from Endicott College’s fashion design program, she worked for Kitty Daly, building dance costumes and dressmaking.  For several years she lived in New York making costumes for Kitty Leach, Greg Barnes, and Allison Conner, among others.  For the past few years, she has been working for MOMIX and Pilobolus.  Ms. Katzin lives in Connecticut with her three children and her husband, James.


CARLA DEBEASI RUIZ (General Manager) graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in public relations and a concentration in performing arts management. Ruiz was the public relations director for her alma mater’s Theatre and Dance Department and has experience promoting visual and musical artists.  Carla joined MOMIX in 2007.


JOSHUA STARBUCK (Lighting Designer), collaborated with Moses Pendleton on his world premiere of Opus Cactus for Ballet Arizona. He has designed numerous productions and tours for Ballet Arizona. He has toured five continents with many of his designs for dance, ice skating, opera, industrials, concerts and theater. He has designed for Arena Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Walnut Street Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival and others. He has also worked with the Kirov Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Spanish National Ballet and the English National Ballet.

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