POLARIS DANCE THEATRE MAJOR PRODUCTIONS OVERVIEW:
Polaris Dance Theatre presents: Snowman and the Red Thread
Lincoln Hall @ PSU Campus (1620 SW Park Ave) January 24-27, 2013
We are thrilled to announce our first contemporary story ballet. This full evening
work will be danced to Snowman, an original score by Portland pianist and
composer Michael Allen Harrison. Our tale focuses on a child who explores
strange exotic lands and cultures and finds that despite all man’s outward
differences, we are all the same at heart.
POLARIS PRESENTS: TANGLED October 18-20TH | Thu-Sat 7:30PM PSU Lincoln Hall – 1620 SW Park Avenue
Polaris Dance Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Fall Show is an evening-length spectacle you will not want to miss. Put simply, “Tangled” is a love letter dedicated to you, our audience. “Tangled” explores how love is expressed in many complex forms as we open our hearts to friends, spouses, family and even ourselves. Polaris Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Guitron will be premiering his exciting new work “DisCooperire”, an in-depth look at romantic love in 5 movements. The audience will hear moving songs from Zoë Keating, Bob Dylan, Ólafur Arnalds, and
music composed by Guitron himself.
Polaris Dance Theatre presents: X-Posed 2012
Polaris Studio Theatre – 1501 SW Taylor @ 16th
June 6-16th | Wed-Sat 7:30PM
Polaris returned to its Studio Theatre for the second annual X-Posed Concert presenting original work by Artistic Director Robert Guitron, who revealed the last two movements of his romantic epic Dis-Cooperire. This audience was the first to see this remarkably powerful company perform exclusive new works from nationally recognized guest choreographers: Lauren Edson of Trey McIntyre Project, Les Watanabe and Kemba Shannon.
iCHANGE – October 2011 / Newmark Theatre
Polaris returned to the Newmark with a fresh look at one of its most popular works – iCHANGE.
iCHANGE is a journey set in motion by a range of human interaction, from betrayal and loss to friendly pranks and silliness. For this production Guitron has added romantic love into the mix with a 10-minute work called DisCooperire – meaning to completely uncover. Expressed beautifully through dance, the piece addresses the mixed feelings of excitement and awkwardness in discovering another individual on an intimate level.
This production marked the debut of Guitron’s exploration of film – which he sees as one of the major frontiers of dance. The project titled Souvenirs of Portland, is a series of silent film shorts set to piano music by Samuel Barber and depicts six chance encounters in Portland locations, including: a park, a coffee house and an office after hours where two chairs flirt, fall in love and dance together. Souvenirs of Portland was commissioned by local pianist team Timothy and Nancy Leroi Nickel who performed at the concert.
LIL’ MO – June 2011 / Polaris Studio Theatre
LIL’ MO is the second in a trilogy of dance works Polaris will create based on American music. In this production Polaris celebrates the music and culture of Motown. From the plaintive cry “What’s Goin’ On” to a woman’s demand for “Respect!” these tunes packed a societal message. In LIL’MO, Polaris Artistic Director Robert Guitron weaves together excerpts of Motown songs to present these themes of human experience through theatrical dance.
REPO – December 2010 / Lincoln Hall
REPO is a retrospective of Polaris repertory and includes iconic dance works by Artistic Director Robert Guitron such as Solomente and Red Tied. Surviving the lean years of recession has presented a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the past – to rethink, retool, repossess it – and confidently move forward.
iCHANGE – Premiere January 2010 / Newmark Theatre
In ICHANGE Polaris explores human relationships through our modern-day connectivity. Have technological advances strengthened our ability to communicate or have they made our relationships more superficial?
TOO BLUE – Premiere October 2006 / PSU Lincoln Hall
TOO BLUE is a continuation of the work Mr. Guitron began in BLUE. In this production Portland choreographers Mary Oslund and Gregg Beilemeier join Mr. Guitron to create more soul shaking, heartbreaking pairings of blues music with modern dance.
SCAPES – Premiere January 2006 / PSU Lincoln Hall
SCAPES marks the first in a series of collaborative efforts between Polaris and the local dance community. In this production three influential Portland-based contemporary choreographers – Josie Moseley, Eric Sinner and Bonnie Merril – were invited to create works for the company focusing on the theme of human relationships. Mr. Guitron created two of his most important dances for this production SOLOMENTE and RED TIED.
BLUE – Premiere October 2004 / PSU Lincoln Hall
In BLUE, Polaris explores the rich roots of modern dance and the soul shaking music that is the blues. Both art forms are an expression of emotional and financial upheaval, of hard times and broken hearts, of the joy and sorrow that is the meat of the human experience. The result is a spiritual feast of sound and movement.
HUEMAN – Premiere October 2003 / PSU Lincoln Hall
HUEMAN is an evening length work of original choreography, which has been widely acclaimed as “visionary and inspiring”. It is a beautiful exploration of human relationships with each other and with our world. HUEMAN includes signature pieces “Man,” an intensely moving solo depicting the history of man as a creature performed by Robert Guitron; “Strangers,” an intricate patterning of strangers’ interactions set to original music by composer Curtis Knapp; and “Hueman,” an exploration of humankind’s ethereal beauty and primal vulgarity.