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Diavolo Returns To Austin
Updated: Friday, February 10 2012, 02:31 PM CST
By Rob Faubion, Austin On Stage www.austinonstage.com
Performing for two nights at Bass Concert Hall, the dance company reinvents dance and re-imagines theater as dancers and gymnasts take to the air to create surreal tableaux.
Texas Performing Arts will host two evenings of innovative dance at Bass Concert Hall when Diavolo returns to Austin on February 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. The dance company reinvents dance and re-imagines theater as dancers, gymnasts, and actors take movement, athletics and daring to the extreme - creating abstract narratives through surreal tableaux.
Founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by Jacques Heim, Diavolo creates cinematic experiences of powerful images that utilize everyday items - such as doors, chairs, and stairways - to provide the backdrop for dramatic movement. The 10-member company currently has more than a dozen works in repertoire - ranging from 10 to 75 minutes in length - most of which travel easily and can be adapted to large and small scale venues. For the Austin performances, the troupe will perform the works Fearful Symmetries and Trajectoire.
In 1993, the young company was nominated for two Lester Horton Awards in Los Angeles, and in 1995, the company made its European debut at the Edinburgh Festival - where it was named "Best of the Fest" by The London Independent and "Critic’s Choice" by The Guardian. The company also received three Lester Horton Awards in 1995 for the work Tete en L’Air. In 1997, Artistic Director Jacques Heim was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of "36 Faces to Watch."
A post-performance talkback will be offered in the Bass Concert Hall on Thursday, immediately following the performance. A loft post-performance talkback will take place on the 6th floor of the concert hall on Friday, immediately following the performance.
Tickets are $28 to $38, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available. Discount tickets are also available for U.T. faculty and staff, seniors and military.
Bass Concert Hall is located at E. 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus. Tickets are now on sale at on sale now at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, all Texas Box Office outlets -including most H-E-B stores - by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO and online at www.TexasPerformingArts.org.
(Photos by Rose Eichenbaum and Kristi Khans)