Jacques Heim, Creative Director
Kennedy Center debut
"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
Highly original contemporary dance ensemble DIAVOLO uses "architecture in motion" to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim leads a team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers who create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit. L.O.S.T., or Losing One's Self Temporarily, uses meticulously designed structures to explore, in two parts, what divides and unites us as we traverse through our daily lives.
Part one, "Cubicle," evokes an abstract corporate America, exploring the human condition under cramped control and a monotonous reality. As the performers labor against a homogenized work mentality, we witness their journey in finding lasting solidarity within themselves and each other. Part two, "Passengers," is a piece about people caught in the wild loop of their shifting states of mind. Their unrelenting search for "identity" and "self" is a metaphoric embodiment of the challenges, obstacles, and adversity we all face in our waking reality--a powerful reminder that we are merely passengers on this vehicle called Life.
Feb. 23: Free post-performance discussion