Innovative Dance Company Diavolo Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: April 9, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Humachina dance
A dance called “Humachina”

Diavolo is composed of dancers, gymnasts and actors who collaborate with artistic director and founder Jacques Heim to create pieces that offer an almost cinematic experience.

This innovative company will appear at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m.

Using oversized structures or surrealistic sets of commonplace items, Diavolo’s performers leap, fly and twirl to convey powerful narratives that are clever metaphors for the absurdities of life.

Heim explains that he tries to “convey an appreciation for movement by breaking down barriers to dance via a vocabulary based on everyday activities.”

Themes of collaboration, interconnectivity and relationships play important roles in the works, and the use of commonplace props helps the audience understand the intricacies of human behavior.

In “Trajectoire,” the ensemble takes a visceral and emotional journey on a great abstract galleon; and in “Tete au Carre,” a huge cube structure is used to explore the concept of teamwork.

Heim recently dazzled audiences of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” when he choreographed a segment that included a couple dancing in mid-air only supported by a thin, flowing drape. He also choreographed the Cirque de Soleil show “KÀ” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Heim founded Diavolo in Los Angeles in 1992 because he wished to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances that examine the funny and frightening ways individuals interact with their environment.

The 10-member company has received numerous awards over the years and has a repertoire of more than a dozen works. The company also has established a residency program, Learning to Fly, which offers a broad range of community and educational workshops complementing the company’s performances.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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