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October 19, 2008 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
AFTER being absent from local stages since 2003, when "The Quickening," an ode to childbirth and its aftermath, was performed at the Ford Amphitheatre, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller is once again ready for her close-up. And as artistic director of Helios Dance Theater, she's coming back in a big way.
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October 20, 2010 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 7, 1999 | KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel writes about the arts and culture
"I am constantly aware that I am a woman in a patriarchal society," begins choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller, in the artistic statement she sends out as part of the press kit for her six-woman L.A.-based dance troupe, Helios Dance Theater. "What I care about are ways in which I and other women shape our identities in the face of male precedence." If her PR material has the somber tone of an honors thesis in gender politics, her work is far less didactic.
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September 12, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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.
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May 1, 2000 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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September 12, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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.
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August 4, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
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.
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October 20, 2010 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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April 14, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
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.
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March 15, 1999 | JENNIFER FISHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Helios Dance Theater, a small, locally based contemporary ensemble, has collected a following over the last few years--enough to sell out Schoenberg Hall at UCLA on Saturday night for the group's most recent program of works by artistic director Laura Gorenstein Miller. But their momentum was occasionally stalled in the zone of "where is this piece going" and "is cute playfulness enough?"
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October 19, 2008 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
AFTER being absent from local stages since 2003, when "The Quickening," an ode to childbirth and its aftermath, was performed at the Ford Amphitheatre, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller is once again ready for her close-up. And as artistic director of Helios Dance Theater, she's coming back in a big way.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2000 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1999 | KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel writes about the arts and culture
"I am constantly aware that I am a woman in a patriarchal society," begins choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller, in the artistic statement she sends out as part of the press kit for her six-woman L.A.-based dance troupe, Helios Dance Theater. "What I care about are ways in which I and other women shape our identities in the face of male precedence." If her PR material has the somber tone of an honors thesis in gender politics, her work is far less didactic.
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April 19, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
The work of dancer-choreographer Loretta Livingston dominated the list of winners at the 13th annual Lester Horton Dance Awards, held Sunday at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in downtown L.A. Presented in May at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Livingston's "Leaving (Evidence)" -- a full-evening ensemble piece that dramatized and celebrated the impermanence of dance -- won awards in four major categories.
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January 10, 2003 | Jennifer Fisher, Special to The Times
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.
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