What's a five-letter word for capricious, clever and athletically buff?
Momix, under director-choreographer Moses Pendleton's canny guidance--he founded the company in 1981--again proved popular fare on Saturday night, wowing the crowd at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre.
Old favorites and three works new to the Southland comprised a 14-part program, where sleight of body movements and muscular high jinks ruled. "Jonas et Latude" (1996), opened the evening with a Vivaldi score accompanying a quasi-jailbird scenario. Featuring Timothy Acito and Brian Sanders in prison stripes, the agile duo somersaulted, fetally bounced and displayed balletic grace in, on and around a two-tiered steel cot. Moving from Marx Brothers mayhem to a whining siren finale, the piece amplified the confinement metaphor to one of dreamy hope.
Erin Elliott displayed superhuman control in 1996's "Orbit." Using an updated Hula-Hoop, Elliott wriggled and posed from one-legged stances to demi-plies, keeping the hoop in motion. This Elliott-Pendleton opus bewitched, with Howell Binkley's lighting and the performer's stamina dominating.