Diavolo Set for Harris Center This Weekend

Diavolo Set for Harris Center This Weekend

"For 20 years, Diavolo has been Los Angeles' wild child, a company of daredevil dancers leaping and cavorting on pitching wheels, Goliath walls and other playground equipment from a super-size Wonderland" (Los Angeles Times).

This internationally renowned dance company returns to Harris Center to present two of their recently commissioned pieces, Fearful Symmetries (2010), and Fluid Infinities (2013), all part of L'Espace du Temps, a trilogy of new dance works contracted and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The initial piece was Foreign Bodies (2007).

Diavolo will take place tonight, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1 pm. Tickets are $25-$45; Premium $55; Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

Comprised of dancers, gymnasts, athletes, rock climbers and actors, Diavolo and its large-scale interdisciplinary performances examine the sometimes frightening and often funny ways individuals interact with their environment. In doing so, Diavolo reinvents dance, re-imagines theater, and redefines thrills-taking movement, athleticism and risk to the extreme.

Founded in 1992 by Jacques Heim, Diavolo has an extensive performance history in their home city of Los Angeles as well as throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia, and Latin America; in over fifteen seasons of touring, Diavolo has performed for hundreds of thousands of concertgoers worldwide as well as millions more on television.

Fearful Symmetries begins with a cube. The cube is built in 6 components, allowing many shifting symmetrical landscapes to illuminate the relationship between the universal language of mathematics and the human force that manipulates it. The performers represent abstract factory workers within a mechanical world in which they deconstruct, reconstruct and reorganize their environment. Set to John Adams's score, Fearful Symmetries is the second part of a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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. Fluid Infinities is the exploration of a new world that turns into a ritual and leads them to inner spirituality. It also investigates the persistence of life through struggle and the promise of life to change beyond the space of time. Set to Philip Glass's Symphony No. 3, Fluid Infinities is the third and final part of the trilogy.

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