Diavolo’s newest adventure is inspired by travels in space and the first Moon Landing. The story unfolds as a young woman wonders what it must be like to go so far away like astronauts do. She escapes from the ordinary world into a surreal landscape of infinite possibilities. Gravity-defying bodies join her on the journey, as she encounters whimsical, kinetic structures in a challenging environment. Follow the action with amazement as she reaches her destination.
A visceral and emotional journey through the ebb and flow of the human experience. As the performers struggles to find their balance on a voyage of destiny and destination, Trajectoire shows the transcendence of the human soul against all odds.
Trajectoire is a 3,000 pound boat made of wood, aluminum, and steel and premiered in 1999 at El Camino College in Torrance, CA.
Trajectoire was commissioned by: Benedicta Arts Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN; El Camino College, Torrance
On and around a giant morphing staircase with multiple doors, passageways, and shifting surfaces, the dancers reckon with themes of journey and transition and the tenuous balance we attempt to strike each day as both indomitable drivers and unwitting passengers.
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. Anonymity and confinement set the pace in this corporate sea of grey as we witness a multitude of shifting landscapes as abstract representations of a familiar work environment. Boxing in both their sanity and distinctiveness, we witness the struggle to maintain a sense of individuality.
Fluid Infinities is 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. As the trilogy concludes, Fluid Infinities investigates the persistence of life through struggle and the promise of life to change beyond the space of time.
Like its predecessor, begins with a cube. The cube in this second installment has now multiplied in its number of components, allowing many shifting symmetrical landscapes to illuminate the relationship between the universal language of mathematics and the human force that manipulates it. The performers represent abstract factory workers within a mechanical world in which they deconstruct, reconstruct and reorganize their environment, ultimately to discover that the answers they are seeking.
An epic journey through the evolution of mankind. Flesh and texture collide in a barrage of corporal imagery contrasting a range of architectural form in an ever-transforming environment. Abstractions of strangers in a strange land of bacteria invading a body evoke metaphors of loss of identity and the wonder of life’s persistence until the full cycle of life is completed.
Transit Space explores themes of feeling lost, finding a sense of purpose, and coming together. Influenced by the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, Transit Space uses skateboard ramps as set pieces to represent an urban environment with ever-shifting physical and emotional spaces.
Humachina explores the relationship between human motion and mechanical forms using the most simple and important of machines, the wheel. The piece depicts the fragility and endurance of the human spirit in our increasingly technological world and asks: At the end, which will remain, man or machine?