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DIAVOLO PERFORMS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., April 2, 2008 – This innovative dance company was acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times for its “unstinting energy and the ability to dance on any surface, whether horizontal, vertical, tilted or tubular.” DIAVOLO is composed of dancers, gymnasts and actors who collaborate with Artistic Director and founder Jacques Heim to create pieces that offer an almost cinematic experience. This stunning company appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. This tour of Diavolo is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
Utilizing oversized structures or surrealistic sets of commonplace items, Diavolo’s performers leap, fly and twirl to convey powerful narratives that are clever metaphors for the absurdities of life. Heim explains that he tries to “convey an appreciation for movement by breaking down barriers to dance via a vocabulary based on everyday activities.” Themes of collaboration, interconnectivity and relationships play important roles in the works, and the use of commonplace props helps the audience understand the intricacies of human behavior. In "Trajectoire," the ensemble takes a visceral and emotional journey on a great abstract galleon; and in "Tete au Carre," a huge cube structure is used to explore the concept of teamwork. The New York Times lauded the company for “playfulness with props and physicality that elicits cheers from the audience.” Heim recently dazzled audiences of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” when he choreographed a segment that included a couple dancing in mid-air only supported by a thin, flowing drape; and choreographed the Cirque de Soleil show "KÀ" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Diavolo was founded in Los Angeles in 1992 by Heim, who wished to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances that examine the funny and frightening ways individuals act with their environment. After seeing Diavolo’s premiere performance in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times dance critic Lewis Segal wrote that the performance “established Heim as a creative force in the community, someone with both a compelling vision and the ability to inspire others to uncompromising performances.” The 10-member company has received numerous awards over the years and has a repertoire of more than a dozen works. The company also has established a residency program, "Learning to Fly," which offers a broad range of community and educational workshops complementing the company’s performances.
This tour of Diavolo is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.
Tickets for DIAVOLO are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.