Diavolo Dance Theater's Dazzling Choreography at the Greek
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Now in its 60th year, the pioneering Paul Taylor Dance Company stages several of its acclaimed pieces at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dubbed the "naughty boy" of dance by Martha Graham, Taylor's not only one of the greatest modern choreographers of the 20th century, he's also one of the 21st century's most daring innovators, still creating well into his 80s. His 16-member company embodies his continuing genius and nurtures new talent -- Tony winners Twyla Tharp and David Parsons are among its many distinguished alumni. Expect a wonderful show of kinetic movement, enthralling storytelling and surprising humor from one of the true legends of the form. Learn More
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I’ve been following this group since 1996 when I started CalArts. It has always been one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen and they keep topping themselves. There new piece Dream catcher was just breath taking. I recommend this dance group to everyone I know already!
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Amazing dance, as always. DJ was too loud, and inappropriate lyrics in music. Didn't come up to par w/ quality of dance co. "Slap My Bitch Up" really didn't suit the contemporary genre or choreography. Too bad. But still loved the show.
The unusual and often astonishing movements of the Diavolo Dance Theater will amaze audiences at the Greek Theatre. Expect the unexpected as the acrobatic dancers execute dazzling displays of choreography featuring pieces performed to the live beats of Destructo for a first time collaboration, benefitting the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks.
Diavolo reinvents dance, re-imagines theater, and redefines thrills. Theatergoers around the world are always wondering what sort of wizardry artistic director Jacques Heim will conjure up next for his daring troupe of performers. Diavolo takes movement, athletics, and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives through surreal tableaux in which inspiration thrives.
The company creates performances collaboratively under the guidance of Mr. Heim, employing outrageous and surrealistic sets that are an intrinsic part of each piece of work. Even everyday items such as doors, chairs and stairways are employed as the basis of dramatic movement – leaping, flying, twirling – that creates metaphors for the challenge of relationships, the absurdities of life and the struggle to maintain our humanity in an increasingly technological world.
Artistic director Jacques Heim founded Diavolo in 1992 in Los Angeles. In 1993 the young company was nominated for two Lester Horton awards in Los Angeles, and in 1995, Diavolo made its European debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were named “Best of the Fest” by the London Independent and Critic’s Choice by The Guardian. That same year, the company received three Lester Horton awards for the work Tete en L’Air. In 1999, Diavolo saw the creation of its first full-evening length work: Catapult, which also coincided with Diavolo’s first North American tour. Since 1995, Diavolo has received numerous grants and awards from various private and public organizations, including The National Endowment for the Arts.