Architecture in motion.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1
Members of DIAVOLO are dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes and above all: teammates. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jacques Heim, they collaboratively develop work on oversized surrealistic sets and everyday structures. Heim's childhood struggles and his journeys as a French-Jewish man have shaped his thematic choices within the urban landscapes. Themes of isolation, fear, destiny, survival, faith, modernization, destination and danger help to illustrate the effect of our surroundings on our daily lives. The structural elements and surrealistic set pieces of DIAVOLO create a sense of daring through dramatic movement that juxtaposes human fragility and survival. By working together with the elements of danger created by architectural environments, DIAVOLO expresses the challenges of relationships, the absurdities of life and the struggle to maintain our humanity in the shadow of an increasingly technological world.
"Fluid Infinities" is set on an abstract dome structure sitting on a reflection of itself. The performers explore metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and our voyage into the unknown future. The dome's organic patterns evoke the craters of the moon, a honeycomb of bees, a shifting brain, or an undiscovered starship. As the trilogy concludes, "Fluid Infinities" investigates the persistence of life through struggle and the promise of life to change beyond the space of time.
"Transit Space" explores feeling lost, finding a sense of purpose and coming together with others. Influenced by the documentary film, "Dogtown and Z-Boys," the piece uses skateboard ramps as set pieces to create an urban environment with constantly shifting emotional and physical spaces.