An encore performance of "Botanica" by MOMIX will be performed Sept. 13 in the Touhill at UMSL.

The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX wowed St. Louis audiences when Dance St. Louis presented their “Botanica” in April at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Back by popular demand, this fantasy spectacle returns in a one-night-only encore performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

With a parade of hypnotic images that flow across the stage in scene after dazzling scene, “Botanica” celebrates the glory and mystery of nature. Dancers become frolicking sunflowers, flying birds, rippling clouds, winter storms, the rays of the sun and more. The New York Times called “Botanica” a performance featuring, “miraculously nimble dancers in a childlike theater of marvels.”

MOMIX creator and Pilobolus co-founder Moses Pendleton creates a trip through a magical garden by combining props, puppets, projections, costumes, light, sensuous choreography and fabulous acrobatic feats.

“The essence of dance is bringing a little lightness to the world,” Pendleton said. “If people walk away from the pieces at MOMIX with a little less gravity in their step, it’s a success.”

“Botanica” is presented by Dance St. Louis and the Touhill in cooperation with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

“Botanica” will be performed in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at the Touhill, which is on UMSL’s North Campus, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). Tickets cost $35.

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Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz