Good vision in low light is essential to enjoying Alchemia, which Momix brought to the Annenberg Center last weekend. The gloam can hide the scraps and bits that would make the piece seem magical.
But for those with healthy peepers, Alchemia is a brilliant journey into a surreal otherworld where earth, water, air, and fire - in the form of dancers, music, lighting, and props - do their thing.
Moses Pendleton, choreographer of the "Doves of Peace" segment of the Sochi Olympics' opening ceremony, is the "Mo" in Momix. His company presents work from unusual, often wacky, sometimes genius points of view. But Alchemia is exceptionally refined, moving smoothly from one vignette to the next, dancers slipping in and out of slits in the backdrop, all the messy tape and wires hiding in the dusky blackness.