DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® Embarks on 2015/16 Season with World Premiere of L.O.S.T.


Hailed as one of modern dance’s most innovative companies, the Los Angeles-­-based  DIAVOLO  Architecture  in  Motion®  today  announced  its  2015/16 season, which will run from August 18, 2015-­-June  25, 2016, at multiple venues around the world. The 2015/16 season is the first programmatic year featuring works by guest choreographers, marking an expansion for the company in several ways: the world premiere of the new collection and evening-­-length work L.O.S.T., new representation in North  America  by  a  leading  arts  management  company,  Opus  3  Artists,  and  an expansion  in  visibility  throughout  Los  Angeles.  In  anticipation  of  its  upcoming  2016/17 25th anniversary season, DIAVOLO continues to conjure up new, jaw-­-dropping ways to explode stereotypes of dance through the company’s distinct, inimitable fusion of architecture and movement, leading the field as one of contemporary dance's most innovative companies. 

According  to  Jennifer  Cheng,  Executive  Director  of  DIAVOLO,  “the  company’s  upcoming 25th  anniversary  is  a  monumental  benchmark  for  DIAVOLO.  Organizations  have  key moments in their history that prove to be turning points and this is one of them.”  

Under the creative stewardship of Artistic Director/Founder Jacques Heim, DIAVOLO has formed one of the dance field’s most compelling and demanding repertoires. “This season provides opportunities for audiences to see the breadth and depth of what is happening in contemporary dance today,” says Heim.  

“From  our  signature  pieces  like  Trajectoire  to  new  works  such  as  Fluid  Infinities, DIAVOLO  introduces  memorable performances  through  complex,  powerful choreography that examines the relationship between our body and its architectural environment.  The world premiere of L.O.S.T. marks an affirmed commitment to the inclusion of guest choreography as a regular part of our future programming.”

Kick-­-starting the season is the September 2015 North American premiere of L’Espace du Temps at Valley Performing Arts Center with a live orchestral performance by the New West Symphony under the baton of Conductor Chris Rountree. Commissioned in 2007 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Hollywood Bowl, L’Espace du Temps comprises a trilogy of dance works: Foreign Bodies (2007) set to the music of Salonen; Fearful Symmetries (2010) set to the music of Adams, and Fluid Infinities (2013) set to the music of Glass's Symphony No. 3.

DIAVOLO’s newest addition is L.O.S.T. (Losing One’s Self Temporarily) is set to have its world premiere May 14, 2016, at The Irvine Barclay Center. Tackling the essence of vulnerability and control that subsequently reshapes our daily lives, L.O.S.T. is a full, cinematic evening in two parts: 1) Passengers (2016) evolves around a giant morphing staircase   with   multiple   doorways   and   shifting   surfaces;   and   2)   Cubicle   (2015) manipulates heavy wooden boxes symbolizing an abstract, 20th century, corporate environment.  Other repertoire currently touring include: Transit Space (2012), a creative and thoughtful tribute to the skateboarding movement that utilizes larger-­-than-­-life skateboard ramps, and Trajectoire (1999), a quick-­-paced, visceral journey described by The New York Times as “…straightforward playfulness with props and physicality that elicits cheers from the audience.”

DIAVOLO’s handpicked dancers from myriad and eclectic backgrounds instill the values of DIAVOLO both on and off stage — trust, teamwork, agility, and mental and physical prowess. DIAVOLO’s dancers perform ballet, modern dance, martial arts, complex partnering, and other contemporary forms of movement with astounding athleticism, infinite grace, and polished technique. They come together to confront, challenge and manipulate their environments produced by meticulously engineered structures serving as the works’ focal points. Whether it is a 12-­-foot wheel, a 3,000-­-pound boat, a gigantic sphere, ladders, or staircases, DIAVOLO’s portable, architectural structures provide the platform for movement and architecture to play together.

In tandem with the company’s 2016/17 silver anniversary, The DIAVOLO Institute—the company’s education and outreach program for children and adults—is preparing to celebrate its fifth anniversary. By initiating new partnerships with a wide variety of cultural organizations and schools throughout the Los Angeles region, the Institute plays an integral role in fostering creative growth and developing community in the local area and beyond.

“We are thrilled to offer exciting new residency and educational programs that complement the season's performances, which provide even more ways for audiences to connect with the company and our wonderful artists,” says Cheng. “Sharing the power of dance as a means of social impact is the hallmark of this company.”

About DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®

DIAVOLO uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment.  Artistic  Director  Jacques  Heim  steers  DIAVOLO’s  diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-­- inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.  Meticulously designed bespoke architectural structures serve as the central inspiration for each work, activated by the stylistically varied and intensely physical choreography which has become the hallmark of this truly original company throughout  its  rich  25  year  history.   Through  The  DIAVOLO  Institute  the  company also provides educational and outreach opportunities to people of all ages and abilities while touring internationally and at home in Los Angeles, sharing the pioneering art form and the power of dance as a means of social impact.

2015-16 Performance Schedule:

8.18-19 Breckenridge Creative Arts, Breckenridge, CO
9.15-20 Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, CA
11.3-5 Olympic Hall, Seoul, South Korea
1.21 Macky Auditorium, Boulder, CO
1.23 Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky, MT
2.19-20 Blumenthal Center, Belk Theatre, Charlotte, NC
4.25-30 Notre Dame, Decio Theatre, Notre Dame, IN
5.6 Center for the Arts, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Blacksburg, VA
5.8-11 Sharon Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages, FL
5.12-14 Irvine Barclay Center, Irvine, CA
6.20-25 Venue TBA, Fuerth, Germany