Galaxy Festival Aims High

Polaris tries to pack Portland’s dance world into Director Park.

Robert Guitron is the first to admit that he started Galaxy Dance Festival for selfish reasons.  “I find myself so stuck in my own little fishbowl while working with my people,” says   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Polaris Dance Company Finds a New Home

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Arts & Books
Portland's dancers are slowly getting their legs back under them after Northwest Dance Project was forced off North Mississippi Avenue, Conduit Dance got kicked out of its shared downtown space and Polaris Dance relinquished its small studio near Artists Repertory Theatre to redevelopment in March.Polaris announced in a June 1 press release that it will move into a new, 6,000 square-foot home ...   More
Monday, June 1, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: Groovin' Greenhouse, Polaris Dance Theatre and Automal

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Arts & Books
Dreams, daily routines and Silly Putty all came alive on the Polaris Dance stage last night. Part of the Fertile Ground festival, Groovin’ Greenhouse is a showcase produced by Polaris that puts a spotlight on emerging dancers across Portland, including five-piece collective Automal and members of Polaris’ own company. This showcase—there are several different Groovin' Greenhouse programs—opens ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Word


Arts & Books
Is the pen mightier than the score? That’s a question that surfaces during Polaris Dance Theatre’s season opener, Word, which plays with movement set to the cadence and rhythm of spoken word. The texts are by the likes of Maya Angelou and Samuel Beckett, as well as by local writers including Claire Willett and high-school student Sophie Mautz. Word consists of short vignettes and longer works—14 ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Homegrown


Arts & Books
Five dancers, ribcages printed on their black tank tops, swing outstretched arms and jolt to a stop. The sound of mechanical clanking and whirring propels them backward, each reaching one leg behind as they hop on one foot. Then they fall and crawl away, panicked. The piece, Post-Op by company dancer Kiera Brinkley, is one of seven dances in Polaris Dance Theatre’s Homegrown show, playing its second ...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Hand Picked

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Arts & Books
Polaris Dance Theatre’s latest show, Hand Picked, is a joy. The show, which opened last night, is diverse and spirited, and the lineup features nine works of contemporary performance chosen by the company’s dancers. Some of the numbers they choreographed themselves, and others are works from local choreographers.Each dance opens with a brief video from the choreographer describing the work in one ...   More
Friday, June 7, 2013 KAITIE TODD


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