May 1, 2000 |
From the sexy and sublime to the horrific and unspeakable, Helios Dance Theater is not afraid to tackle tough--or titillating--subjects. In a three-part program Friday night at the Getty Center's Harold M. Williams Auditorium (part of its ongoing free dance series), the company looked polished and energetic, with much of the credit due to choreographer-artistic director Laura Gorenstein Miller.
September 12, 2010 |
Sept. 29 to Oct. 9: Pina Bausch's 'Vollmond' "Vollmond" ("Full Moon"). A water-soaked dance piece from the late, great Pina Bausch, will run as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The choreographer's company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, will perform the work in which dancers spin, writhe and cavort while subjected to various kinds of onstage water effects. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. $25-$85. http://www.
August 4, 2003 |
Breathtakingly fluid, gorgeously danced and sexy as hell, Laura Gorenstein Miller's "The Quickening," an ode to childbirth and its aftereffects, is a pure, body-driven work -- choreography of a high order. The 60-minute, intermissionless premiere performed by Helios Dance Theater on Friday night at the Ford Amphitheatre (an earlier incarnation was made on the Milwaukee Ballet Company last year) had the audience swooning.
October 20, 2010 |
For Laura Gorenstein Miller, the ability to feel intense fear has both artistic and practical benefits. When embarking on a new project, "I'm always terrified, but that's part of the motivation. It's why I still make dance, because I don't let that fear stop me," she said. As she prepares for the world premiere of her latest work, Gorenstein Miller continues to abide by this philosophy but with an acute awareness that the professional stakes have been substantially raised. Her company, Helios Dance Theater, which she founded in 1996, will become the first Los Angeles-based contemporary dance group in more than a decade to appear as part of the UCLA Live season at Royce Hall when it performs "Beautiful Monsters" on Saturday.
April 14, 2001 |
Did the Nazis do Anne Frank a favor by discovering her family's Amsterdam hide-out and sending everyone to concentration camps? Of course not, but Laura Gorenstein Miller's weird new dance drama, "About Anne," makes the destructive energies and volatile relationships inside the Frank family's refuge seem nearly as brutal and hopeless as the Holocaust outside.
January 10, 2003 |
Helios Dance Theater has been working on its dance about Anne Frank's diary for some time, first showing an unimpressive excerpt on a 2000 Kaleidoscope program, then premiering the work to mixed reviews in April 2001. People have strong feelings about the story of a sensitive Jewish girl who hid from Nazis in an Amsterdam attic until being discovered and taken to Auschwitz.