by Paula Citron
MOMIX was the big name opener that kicked off the 11th season of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. The festival is situated in a quaint Laurentian ski village about an hour or so north of Montreal. Its bill of fare is an equal measure of dance and music.
While the revered MOMIX proved to be a gigantic hit with the audience, Moses Pendleton’s new work “Lunar Sea” was a disappointment because it didn’t develop beyond its initial premise.
Pendleton is one of the most creative choreographers in the world. His immense imagination crafts stunning physical images using the body as a wellspring for illusion.
In “Lunar Sea” Pendleton experiments with black light and was clearly inspired by the fact that the moon’s gravity is less than the earth. From a visual point of view, “Lunar Sea” is a dazzling display of physical theatre. Unfortunately, it is also a one-trick pony.
Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur continues until Aug. 11.
From Le Grand Chapiteau, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.