Tonight, Jan. 12, 2013 at 8pm and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at 2pm, the Warner Theatre will welcome the irrepressible Moses Pendleton and the dazzling dancer-illusionists of Momix when they debut their newest show, Alchemia.
Manipulating the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water to produce a show full of aesthetic thrills, surprising metamorphoses, and the sexuality of nature itself, Alchemia is Momix at its most magical.
"Alchemia is intended to be the creation of something more than 10 individual dancers performing dance that has been exactingly choreographed and pre-arranged. It's a 75-minute performance that is the culmination of experimentation and invention in the studio. It's based on building, and effectively proving, theories around alchemy as an art form, and then demonstrating them through interpretive dance. Alchemy, by definition, can be anything, MOMIX is alchemy." says Mr. Pendleton.
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region. To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit their website: www.warnertheatre.org.