Momix’s Opus Cactus Returns to the Valley

Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona collaborate for three performances

After a five-year hiatus, Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden are collaborating again for the return of Momix’s Opus Cactus for three performances only Jan. 12-13 in the magical setting of the Orpheum Theatre.

Momix, a company of dancer-illusionists based in Washington, Conn., was founded in 1981 by choreographer Moses Pendleton. It is known internationally for presenting works of great inventiveness and physical beauty.

Momix’s dancers take the Valley’s audience on a dynamic journey where their bodies become towering cacti and bring the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of Opus Cactus. The show was originally created as a 20-minute act in 1999 for Ballet Arizona.

“One of the pillars of the garden’s programs is to explore the intersection of art and nature,” says Ken Schutz, Dr. William Huizingh executive director. “The wonderful thing about this intersection is that each enriches the other. When we had the opportunity to co-present Opus Cactus with the ballet, it was an ideal addition to our ongoing relationship with them.”

“The dancers of Momix transform themselves with such skill that you’ll feel you’re in the midst of the desert with all its creatures, cacti and mystery,” says Samantha Turner, Ballet Arizona executive director. “We’re thrilled to co-present this otherworldly production with Desert Botanical Garden.”

Since 2012, Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden have collaborated with the hopes of infusing art and nature in an unforgettable experience to challenge emotional boundaries. After the success of Ib Andersen’s Topia, which was performed at the garden three times, Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona will continue their partnership until 2020. Arizonans and international visitors continue to be enchanted by works of art that embrace the desert as a stunning backdrop.

Opus Cactus

Jan. 12 – 13

Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix

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