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Nature has a way of subtlety reminding us that we are part of something bigger. The smell of spring sneaking back into the air, the sharpness of residual winter and the sound of wind moving through the city’s trees all have the power to inspire a touch of awe and pull us out of our daily grind. If only for a moment.

Under founder and artistic director, Moses Pendleton, contemporary dance company Momix is set to help Melburnian’s reconnect to that sleepy, earthy magic with its nature-inspired dance piece, Botanica.

“I feel very close to the plant world, its forms, its rhythms,” says Moses.

“I have grown sunflowers by the thousands for more than 30 years. I never tire of them. I’d love to bring the audience out to our magical garden, the next best thing is to bring Botanica to Melbourne.”

The piece features 10 dancers who explore light, shadow and the human body by mixing their bodies “into centaurs, sunflowers, marigolds and even stranger things of the imagination.” The esoteric experience is further enhanced by incredible costuming, puppetry and theatrical engineering.

Based in Washington, Connecticut, Momix is renowned for its innovative and surreal dance pieces. Self-described “dancer-illusionists,” the company has enjoyed extensive seasons in North America, Europe and Hong Kong and will now be presented as part of Art Centre Melbourne’s 2013 Winter Season.

To let nature take a hold of you visit artscentremelbourne.com.au

BOTANICA
State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Rd,  Melbourne
Wed August 7 – Sat August 10
8pm
Sat August 10 – Sun August 11
2pm
Tickets from $50


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