Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts
Movement Theater CoLab will present Artistic Director Robert Salas' Hindsight. A contemporary modern piece that
explores the realities and perceived realities of individuals as they
struggle with memories, relationships and the outcomes of their choices
as visited via hindsight.
About Robert Salas
Robert Salas has been
involved in dance and movement for about 30 years --first as a martial
artist, where he studied Chung Moo Kwon, Tai Kwon Do, Shorin Ryu, and
Aikido. It was this early influence of martial arts that an
appreciation for structured movement and movement as a vehicle of
cathartic expression took root.
This desire for physical expression
brought Robert to theatre and dance during his early years in college.
Having been fortunate enough to work professionally with the California
Shakespeare Festival under Director Mark Lamos in Taming of the Shrew
and Romeo and Juliet, his passion for performance took flight.
In his junior year in college at
Humboldt State as a theatre major, Robert realized that dance was his
preferred form of theatrical expression. He was accepted to study dance
at the University of California, Irvine, where he received both his BA
He has studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern
Dance, Acting and Mime with such notable teachers as Finis Jhung,
Israel "El" Gabriel, Claude Thompson, Hama, Jamie Rogers, Athena Pallas,
Natalie Clare, Nina Weiner, Lena De Marco, James Penrod and Paul
Jones. He continues to study contemporary modern technique with Holly
Johnston and studied Laban with Janice Meaden, Ed Groff and Peggy
Hackney. Robert enjoys exploring the principles of the Laban theories
of Space, Shape and Movement and how they reveal the complexities of the
Robert has danced with Terry Lewis
Dance Ensemble, Francisco Martinez Dance Theatre, Long Beach Ballet,
South Bay Ballet, The Montgomery Ballet and Le Ballet Pallas.
As an instructor, Robert been
teaching dance primarily in the California Community College system and
with private studios. He has taught dance at Ballet Pacifica
Conservatory, Dance West, Cypress College, Cerritos College, Irvine
Valley College, Academy of the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High
School and currently is at Moorpark College as a tenured faculty member.
Robert teaches all levels of Modern
Dance, Ballet II/III, Choreography, Ballet Variations, Dance
Appreciation and Dance Production. Robert also directs the Moorpark
College Modern Dance Touring Ensemble, a touring and outreach performing
As a choreographer, Robert has
presented his work in Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s “New Works Concert”
and “Dance At The Top Of The Hill.” Nancy Evans’ Family and Friends
Concert, SpectorDance’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase 2011 and for
Patrick Franz’s La Danserie. It was through these performance
and choreographic presentations that a need to have a committed group of
dancers to create new works that spawned Movement Theatre CoLab. Robert is excited for this prospect and looks forward to the experiences of this collaboration.