Dance by Diavolo to Premiere FLUID INFINITIES at Hollywood Bowl, 9/5
Dance by Diavolo, at the Hollywood Bowl on September 5, 2013 premieres Fluid Infinities, the Final Installment in a Trilogy of Commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Music by Glass.
Diavolo Dance Theater is an architectural movement company that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between danger of our environment and the fragility of the human body. Diavolo is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip hop. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jacques Heim, the company premieres a major new piece entitled Fluid Infinities, the final installment in L' Espace du Temps, a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 8 pm. The program "Music by Glass - Dance by Diavolo," features the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey performing Symphony No. 3 composed by Philip Glass. Known for its inventive physical structures and patterned acrobatics, Diavolo is the perfect match for the phase-shifting energies of Glass' composition.
Fluid Infinities is the final installment in L'Espace du Temps, a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The piece is set on an abstract dome-shaped structure on which the dancers explore the metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and the voyage into the unknown future. The dome's organic patterns evoke the craters of Mars, a honeycomb of bees, a shifting brain, or an undiscovered starship.
For the first two installments of Diavolo's collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Foreign Bodies and Fearful Symmetries, Heim's original inspiration came from a cube. René Descartes, the French mathematician and philosopher, believed that the universe was born from geometric components. Foreign Bodies starts and ends as a cube, as does the cycle of life. Fearful Symmetries starts as a cube and ends on a clear stage with the dancers looking into the future.
Fluid Infinities, the final installment in this trilogy, will represent the future they are looking into. "This future is an alternate reality where life continues in a new and different form, so foreign yet so familiar," says Heim on this new creative vision. "Foreign because it is difficult to see beyond our limited perceptions, familiar because the greatest mysteries in life can only be explored by looking inside ourselves."
The structure created for Fluid Infinities is a quarter sphere, a single piece of curving fiberglass with an organic pattern of openings across the face. This partial dome sits on a mirrored floor. "As the dome moves and shifts, the audience will experience dramatic changes of perspective," says Heim about the new work. "Together with reflections from the floor, the movements will evoke dualities such as internal and external, light and dark, inside and outside, life and death."
Tickets for Music by Glass - Dance by Diavolo range from $1 to $104. Group rates, subscriptions and single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season are also available. For tickets and information, please call (323) 850-2000, or visit www.HollywoodBowl.com. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90068. For more information on Diavolo Dance Theater please visit http://www.diavolo.org.
Diavolo Dance Theater is an architectural movement company that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between danger of our environment and the fragility of the human body. Diavolo is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip hop. What Diavolo does on stage is like a live abstract painting. There is no narrative, but strong themes pervade the work such as human struggle, fear, danger, survival, chaos, order, deconstruction, reconstruction, destiny, destination, faith, and love.
Founded in 1992 by Jacques Heim, Diavolo has an extensive performance history in Los Angeles as well as throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America; in over fourteen season of touring, Diavolo has performed for hundreds of thousands of concertgoers worldwide as well as millions more on television.
In 2007, the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned Diavolo to create L'Espace du Temps, a trilogy of new dance works, all to premiere live with the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. The first two installments - now in Diavolo's repertory - are Foreign Bodies (2007), set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Fearful Symmetries (2010) is set to the music of John Adams. The third installment, Fluid Infinities (2013), is set to Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3.
Transit Space is the first dance work ever created in residency at Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at the Music Center, Los Angeles. Transit Space received its world premiere this past season at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State University as the culminating event of Diavolo's participation in the national Creative Campus Initiative.
Education and outreach are crucial to Diavolo's mission. With major funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the Diavolo Institute has been launched this year to develop, advance, and disseminate Diavolo technique, with a focus on disadvantaged youth. Thousands of students and community members each year attend Diavolo's student matinees, intensive trainings, and master classes.
In 2012, The Diavolo Institute was launched, an ambitious new program of local education and outreach activities. Supported by funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the Institute offers access to arts education focused on disadvantaged youth: L.A. Familia is a multi-generational family night that gets the whole family working together using dance, gymnastics, character gesture, and every-day movement. (How often does this take place); L.A. Flies is a weekly neighborhood workshop series that uses dance to bring trust, teamwork, and confidence into our local schools and community centers; L.A. Soar is a five-day community movement intensive that offers a challenging yet supportive community exploration that culminates in a custom-choreographed performance on one of Diavolo's acclaimed set pieces. In addition, when Diavolo is on the road, they continue their education, residencies, master classes, training and community outreach activities with Engagement on Tour.
Jacques Heim, Artistic Director, has been one of America's most transformative choreographers for over 20 years. He founded Diavolo Dance Theater in 1992 and has directed the Company's work ever since.
Mr. Heim was born and raised in Paris, France. His earliest experiences with performance came from street performing. He attended Middlebury College (BFA in Theater, Dance, and Film), the University of Surrey in England (Certificate for Analysis and Criticism of Dance), and the California Institute for the Arts (MFA, Choreography).
In addition to his work with Diavolo, Jacques has worked extensively for other companies in dance, theater, TV, and special events worldwide. Most recently Jacques worked with Guy Caron and Michael Curry as consulting choreographer on Ice Age Live!, a "mammoth" arena show which had its world premiere at London's Wembly Stadium in November 2012 and is now touring Europe. For Cirque du Soleil, Jacques choreographed KÀ at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. He was invited to be a Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of The 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou, China. In 2005, Jacques was the Artistic Director for the Taurus Stunt Awards and returned in 2007 to stage a movement/stunt piece, "The Car." With Center Theater Group, Jacques created choreography for the stage play, The Stones. On television, his work has appeared on BBC America's Dancing with the Stars and Bravo's Step Up and Dance.
Jacques taught movement and dance for many years at Ballet Pacifica, Cal State LA and UCLA. In addition to three USA Fellowship nominations and four Alpert Award nominations, Jacques has received the Martha Hill Choreography Award of the American Dance Festival, the Special Prize of the Jury at the 6th Saitama International Dance Festival, a Brody Arts Fund fellowship, and a James Irvine Foundation Fellowship.
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