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Diavolo are Architects in Motion


Diavolo pushes the boundaries of dance and theater, blending modern and traditional dance with gymnastics, acrobatics, and aerial stunts. Witness Diavolo’s unique dance styles with eye-popping, surrealistic sets on April 29, 2021 at State Theatre New Jersey!

You might know Diavolo from being one of the top 10 finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent . Or maybe you have never heard of them before. But Diavolo has been around since 1992 when it was created by French-born choreographer Jacques Heim in Los Angeles. Heim, also known for choreographing Cirque du Soleil’s show KÀ in Las Vegas, aims to push the limits of dance and the limits of the dancers themselves to create something the audience has never seen before. Diavolo calls itself “Architecture in Motion” and it is easy to see why. They are known for their usage of sets and architectural structures with their dances. They create incredible set pieces and choreograph around them. Diavolo is more than a dance troupe—they are risk takers. Check out this clip from their dance Trajectoire  and witness for yourself how the set almost becomes a dancer itself.

Their mission statement says: “The mission of DIAVOLO is to further the transformative style of Architecture in Motion by providing dance performances, training, and education programs for all. DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® explores the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand how we are being affected not only socially, but physically and emotionally.” Take a look at their Veterans Project dance and you can see just how this mission comes to life. 

With each dance piece he choreographs, Heim asks three questions: where do we come from, how did everything get started and where are we going? (Interview with Jacques Heim).  Each time, the answers are different, and different angles are explored. Each dance piece has an overarching theme that is represented through the dancers as well as the set. The dancers use set pieces as more than just set pieces. They are part of the dance itself. The dancers tell a story through their movements and Diavolo creates a live abstract painting. Whether you are a dance lover or have never seen a dance show, Diavolo is something we all should experience. 

Join us for the Diavolo experience at the State Theatre on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8pm!
 

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