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Internationally renowned company reinvents dance

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. Courtesy photo
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. Courtesy photo

Diavolo returns to Harris Center to present two of its 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).

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 its home city of Los Angeles as well as throughout the Unites States, Europe, Asia and Latin America; in more than 15 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 six 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.

Diavolo will take place on at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, and 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are $25 to $45 with premium seats available for $55; students with ID pay $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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, facing East Bidwell Street.

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