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Moses Pendleton

(b. 1949)


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(b Lyndonville, Vt., 28 Mar. 1949)

US dancer, choreographer, and company director. Studied dance with Alison Chase. He co-founded Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971 (with Jonathan Wolken) in his senior year at Dartmouth College and stayed with the company as a full-time member until 1980, after which he continued to choreograph sporadically for them. In 1980 he founded Momix Dance Theater which he continues to direct. A master of illusionist theatre both comic and fantastical, he choreographs dance sculptures that bring together acrobatics, gymnastics, mime, props, and film. He choreographed the closing ceremonies of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in 1980; his works for other companies include Intégrale Erik Satie (Paris Opera Ballet 1979), a staging of the Dadaist ballet Relâche (Joffrey Ballet, 1980), F.L.O.W. (for Diana Vishneva, 2008). His works for Momix include Passion (1991), Baseball (1994), Sputnik (1997), Opus Cactus (2002), and Lunar Sea (2005). He has also worked extensively in television, video, and opera, including Carmen for Munich State Opera (1993).

Subjects: Dance.


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