Helios Dance Theater

Helios Dance Theater


Helios Dance Theater is a highly praised Los Angeles based contemporary dance company known for a penchant for narrative and emotionally driven movement,high-energy choreographic extremes. Its evening length works feature collaborations with musicians, filmmakers and artists of international stature


HELIOS is a company of dance artists formed by artistic director and choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller that strives to create dance which explores emotional content and storytelling along with movement invention. Los Angeles based Helios is strongly committed to being a vibrant part of the arts, contributing through performances of its original work, dance educational outreach into schools, and collaborations with Los Angeles based artists. Helios envisions being a perpetual and vital hub for dance art in Los Angeles with a national and international presence.The Helios dancers are from all over the world, and are from movement backgrounds as diverse as surfing and marshal arts.


Current Work:
Beautiful Monsters is inspired by childhood dreams and nightmares, of vampires, of bodies transformed by magic, and of flight. The work looks at as a child how it is possible to be simultaneously captivated by, and frightened of, the idea of such creatures of the night. The Los Angeles incubated project drew contributions from stellar artistic collaborators, which is a goal with each of our works. Music by Paul Cantelon, Angela McCluskey, David Majzlin, Scenic by Sharon Ellis, Animation by Chris Miller (Shrek The Third), coustumes Rami Kashou.It premiered to a sold out audience of 1,800 and critical acclaim as part of UCLA Live’s Royce Hall Season.

The Lotus Eaters, music by Grant Lee Philips, Rob Carins, Scenic By Alison Van Pelt, costumes by Rami Kashou. The Lotus Eaters focuses a contemporary lens upon Homer’s classic, The Odyssey. Odysseus and his crew becomes stranded on the island where the lotus eaters live. Seduced into eating the lotus fruit, the soldiers succumb to a pleasurable state of forgetfulness and apathy from war, family, strife, and fear. Finally Odysseus’ judgment prevails and he urges his crew back to sea before they are lost to the honey-sweet fruit that wipes out ambition and memory. The Lotus Eater premiered at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica, 2009.