White Bird Launches 19th Season with Daredevil Diavolo and World Premiere
WHITE BIRD LAUNCHES 19TH SEASON OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH A WORLD PREMIERE FROM DIAVOLO, ARCHITECURE IN MOTION, IN WHICH FEARLESS PERFORMERS DEMONSTRATE BREATHTAKING STRENGTH AND AGILITY AS THEY INTERACT
WITH A HUGE, THREATENING, CONSTANTLY MOVING TRAIN.
“For 20 years, DIAVOLO has been Los Angeles’ wild child, a company of daredevil dancers leaping and cavorting on pitching wheels, Goliath walls and other playground equipment from a super-size Wonderland.”
– Los Angeles Times
White Bird is excited to launch its 19th season of contemporary dance from around the world with DIAVOLO, Architecture in Motion, based in Los Angeles and founded by Jacques Heim, which has received worldwide acclaim for its remarkable fusion of everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, and gymnastics. After receiving ecstatic response from the White Bird audience two years ago, DIAVOLO is returning to the Newmark Theatre with a thrilling two-part program on October 6-8, 2016, entitled L.O.S.T (Losing One Self Temporarily), featuring a major world premiere of DIAVOLO’s newest work Passengers.
Based in Los Angeles, DIAVOLO, Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.
L.O.S.T. begins with Cubicle, in which DIAVOLO’s 13 fearless performers navigate a set of huge, weighty cubes. Set in an abstract corporate America, Cubicle explores the human condition under cramped control and a monotonous reality, exposing an underlying counterbalance between freedom and anarchy in the workplace.. Boxing in both their sanity and distinctiveness, the powerful performers struggle to maintain a sense of individuality on the corporate climb as they labor against a homogenized work mentality, finding solidarity only within themselves and each other.
The second half of the evening is the World Premiere of Passengers, who, as embodied by DIAVOLO’S daring performers, board and travel on an astounding train-like structure that is continually transforming itself—at one point to a steep set of stairs, which open up, consume and then eject the performers. Passengers is a visual treat, particularly exciting in the way the train assumes a threatening personality of its own, accentuating the jaw dropping skills of the performers both as accomplished dancers as well as formidable risk-taking acrobats.
Founded in 1992 by French-born choreographer and visionary Jacques Heim, DIAVOLO is a cultural pillar of the Los Angeles community and has performed for hundreds of thousands of concertgoers worldwide as well as millions more on television. Mr. Heim was born and raised in Paris, France. His earliest experiences with performance came from street performing. He attended Middlebury College (B.F.A. in Theater, Dance, and Film), the University of Surrey in England (Certificate for Analysis and Criticism of Dance), and the California Institute for the Arts (M.F.A., Choreography).
In addition to his work with DIAVOLO, Heim has worked extensively for other companies in dance, theater, TV, and special events worldwide. He worked with Guy Caron and Portland’s own world-famous designer Michael Curry as consulting choreographer on Ice Age Live!, a “mammoth” arena show which had its world premiere at London’s Wembley Stadium in November 2012 and is now touring Europe. For Cirque du Soleil, Heim choreographed KÀ at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, again in partnership with Curry. He was invited to be a Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou, China.
Jacques Heim taught movement and dance for many years at Ballet Pacifica, Cal State LA and UCLA. In addition to three USA Fellowship nominations and four Alpert Award nominations, he has received the Martha Hill Choreography Award of the American Dance Festival, the Special Prize of the Jury at the 6th Saitama International Dance Festival, a Brody Arts Fund fellowship, and a James Irvine Foundation Fellowship. Last April he received the White Bird’s 2016 Barney Creative Prize, a commissioning award that will support a new work to appear in a future White Bird season.
White Bird’s 19th season (2016-17) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund; Work for Art; The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Starseed Foundation, and WESTAF.