SEASON OF PERFORMANCES
THE L.A. BASED DANCE COMPANY BRINGS TWO SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE WORKS
TRANSIT SPACE AND FLUID INFINITIES
(MIAMI, September 13, 2013) – The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s (SMDCAC) season of performances begins with an opening production by Diavolo (dance company) from Los Angeles. Diavolo is an internationally-renowned modern acrobatic company that defies gravity! The company members are dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes and above all teammates. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jacques Heim, Diavolo has developed a reputation for stunning, innovative movement on oversized surrealistic sets and everyday structures. Performances are Saturday, October 12 at 8pm and Sunday, October 13 at 3pm. Tickets range from $10-$50 and can be purchased on line at www.smdcac.org or by calling the Box Office at 786-573-5300. A select number of $5 tickets are available to patrons ages 13-22 through CultureShockMiami.com. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.
The program includes two stunning South Florida premiere works, Transit Space which uses skateboard ramps as set pieces to represent an urban environment with ever-shifting physical and emotional spaces and Fluid Infinites, the final installment of L’Espace due Temps (Space of Time), a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Transit Space, created in 2012, explores themes of feeling lost, finding a sense of purpose, and coming together under the exciting backdrop of a skateboarding sport theme. The work was influenced by the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Fluid Infinities, which premiered in 2013, is a work 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 investigates the persistence of life through struggle and the promise of life to change beyond the space of time. The piece is set to music by Philip Glass.
Most every arts organization performing at SMDCAC participate in community outreach as part of the Center’s mission to engage the community in quality performing arts experiences. Diavolo will hold a FREE community dance class for dancers of all levels on Saturday, October 12 at 10am at the Center (10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay). For more information about the community class, the public should call Carla Hill at 786-573-5319. In addition, Diavolo will hold an audition for professional dancers this same day a 12 noon.
Diavolo will be teaching dance classes to students from Miami Arts Charter and Academy of Arts and Minds during their residency in south Miami-Dade.
Diavolo Dance Theater is an internationally-renowned dance company that reinvents dance, re-imagines theater, and redefines thrills. Diavolo takes movement, athletics, and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives about the human experience through surreal tableaux.
Founded in 1992 by Jacques Heim, Diavolo has an extensive performance history in our home city of Los Angeles as well as throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia, and Latin America; in over fourteen season of touring, Diavolo has performed for hundreds of thousands of concertgoers worldwide as well as millions more on television. The Company has also created unique performance events for corporate clients such as Wells Fargo, Honda, Sebastian Inc, and General Motors.
One of Diavolo’s newest pieces is Transit Space, inspired by the movement of skateboarding. Transit Space is the first dance work ever created in residency at Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at the Music Center, Los Angeles. As part of the residency, Diavolo conducted research with skateboarders from Ramon Cortines High School for the Arts and held outdoor rehearsals on the Music Center Plaza that were broadcast on ESPN’s Sportscenter.
Transit Space received its world premiere this past season at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State University as the culminating event of Diavolo’s participation in Creative Campus, a national initiative to foster connections between performing arts companies and universities.
In 2007, the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned Diavolo to create a trilogy of new dance works, all to premiere live with the orchestra with the Hollywood Bowl. The first two installments—now in Diavolo’s repertory—are Foreign Bodies (2007), set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Fearful Symmetries (2010), set to the music of John Adams. The third installment, Fluid Infinities (2013), is set to Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3 and was featured in the Hollywood Bowl’s Summer Concert Series.
Education and outreach are crucial to the Diavolo mission. Tens of thousands of students each year attend the Company’s student matinees, in-school assembly shows, and award-winning master classes. In the community, Diavolo regularly conducts workshops at schools, hospitals, and juvenile detention centers. The Company has launching the Diavolo Institute, the biggest and most locally oriented education program in the Company’s history, supported by major funding from the James Irvine Foundation. The Institute offers free dance workshops to engage communities increase active arts participation.