Under Polaris

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At once playful and deeply expressive, Under Polaris confronts head-on the tension between primal nostalgia and modern technological optimism. In their latest mix of projected animation, live theater and electronic music, Cloud Eye Control charts an epic journey across a vast arctic expanse — a sublime icebound landscape illuminated under the ethereal lights of the Northern sky.

At the center of Under Polaris is the quest to preserve, inside pristine shards of ice at the top of the world, a seed containing the wealth of all human history: a back-up system for our genetic imprint and the sum total of our personal memories. En route, the story’s protagonist shape-shifts into many a mythic creature to survive the elements and, in the process, learns about the inextricable interdependence of humans and nature.


“a transcendently spectacular piece of theater” – Los Angeles Times

“A multidimensional, seductively cinematic experience” – LAist


Overture composed by THE NEED (Radio Sloan and Rachel Carns)
Lighting Design: Chris Kuhl
Video Programming & Sound Design: Nathan Ruyle
Costume: Michelle Kline/SNAP design
Choreography: Janet Pants


Santiago a Mil Festival (Chile)
REDCAT (Los Angeles)
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
EXIT Festival (Paris)
Fusebox Festival (Austin)
National Performance Network Conference (Knoxville)
New Genre Festival (Tulsa)

Under Polaris is a National Performance Network Creation Fund project co-commissioned by REDCAT, PICA and Leslie B. Durst. Created with support from the Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Award.