[ATTENDED: April 25, 2013] MOMIX Botancia
I didn’t realize that we attended a Momix show almost exactly one year ago. But that’s when it was. That show was called Remix, and it was a collection of great bits from Momix shows. This year’s show, Botanica, is an older show and there were bits of it in Remix. This gave me the most unique (for me) experience of seeing a dance troupe perform things that I had already seen! What was fun was that the dancers were (I believe) different and, it felt like perhaps the pieces were performed a little bit differently too.
One of the fun things about the show was how the pieces segued into one another–most routines didn’t end so much as meld into the next one (and you can see how picking pieces out for a Greatest Hits might require some restructuring).
We saw this show at the McCarter Theatre, where, once again we had the $20 seats (knocked down to $18 with a AAA discount!). For this show the seats were a bit of a hindrance because Momix is definitely about spectacle, and there were a few pieces where the spectacle was lost from our angle (which was a little below the stage and off to the right). On the plus side, being able to see the dancers up close (we were literally three rows from the stage) brought a new level of experience to the show that you don’t get when the performers are interchangeable (hey, that’s the sweaty guy, that’s the blonde lady, that’s the guy with the amazing muscles).
The show opened with a waving sheet which looked like snow. As the sheet began rippling dancers revealed themselves underneath and starting popping up, like flowers or dolphins or gravity defying skiers. It was very cool. Then a giant flower-like item came out on stage and women danced around it. There followed a wonderful sequence with black light paint as three performers with neon arms and legs made wonderful shapes–animals, faces, bodies–using their limbs. Our cheap seats hindered this piece somewhat. (more…)