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DIAVOLO 

Friday, February 23, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ballet & Contemporary Dance

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.

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DIAVOLO
Jacques Heim, Creative Director
Kennedy Center debut
 
Passengers (from L.O.S.T.)
D.C. premiere
 
The Veterans Project: A Long Journey Home
D.C. premiere

Trajectoire
D.C. premiere

Performance Timing: Part I - 30 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part II - 30 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part III - 30 min.

"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 what divides and unites us as we traverse through our daily lives. Part two, Passengers, is 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. Note: This performance contains haze and strobe effects.

Conceived by DIAVOLO Executive Director Jennifer Cheng and led by DIAVOLO Artistic Director Jacques Heim, The Veterans Project: A Long Journey Home is is a community-based work featuring actual military veterans onstage. Inspired by Sebastian Junger's novel Tribe and the rich stories of veterans, this program gives veteran participants new victories in their post-service lives, helping to restore their core inner strengths of hope, optimism, self-belief, and resiliency that diminished during their difficult transition back into civilian life. DIAVOLO worked for many weeks with the vets in California and will bring this same, original cast to DC.

Trajectoire takes the audience on a visceral and emotional journey through the ebb and flow of the human experience. As the performers struggle to find their balance on a voyage of destiny and destination, the work shows the transcendence of the human soul against all odds. 

 
Feb. 23: Free post-performance discussion

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