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MOMIX's dance numbers give us the spectacle that film has forgotten.


Film is really dropping the ball these days when it comes to the incredible spectacle. Blockbusters have managed to make the inane much, much louder, but there isn't much out there that's really pushing the collective unconscious forward. At least not on movie screens. Dance, the really out-there stuff anyway, is getting better, as far as mythic-type images are concerned. Look here at Moses Pendleton, for 30 years a creator of strange and wonderful images at the helm of modern dance troupe Pilobolus and, since the '80s, as artistic director for MOMIX. MOMIX puts dancers on stage and makes them play with hula hoops, giant glowing puppets, rappelling harnesses and light itself. They're illusionists who do remarkable things with the human body, and in “Passion,” the show coming to the University of Richmond's Modlin Center, they do some of those things with fewer clothes. Surreal and sensual, MOMIX preserves the spectacle Jan. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8-$38. 289-8980. — Brandon Reynolds

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