Saturday, September 19 at 8pm
Valley Performing Arts Center and The Ford Signature Series
Present Diavolo | Architecture in Motion - L'Espace du Temps
Jacques Heim, Artistic Director
with New West Symphony
Christopher Rountree, Conductor
U.S. Premiere of
L'Espace du Temps
in its entirety
Fierce, athletic, and unconventional...VPAC's new dance season is an eclectic mix handpicked for L.A. First up is Diavolo, with a program conceived by choreographer Jacques Heim, employing his troupe of artists to deliver a work of "elegance, power, and beauty with the thrill of danger." Fueling the fire is the New West Symphony, under the baton of young L.A. conductor Christopher Rountree; it's world-class dance with a decidedly local energy.
L'Espace du Temps, a trilogy of dance works - Foreign Bodies, Fearful Symmetries, Fluid Infinities - is a meditation on the space of time from creation to evolution and finally to an unknown destination. It begins with three questions: "Where do we come from?" "Where are we going?" and "How did everything begin?" From these questions, the trilogy evokes familiar and foreign worlds by exploring the relationship between the shifting architecture of the human experience and the ever-changing processes that lie within and without. Music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Adams and Philip Glass.
Diavolo L'Espace du Temps is part of the Ford Signature Series, a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Ford Signature Series is made possible through the generous support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Original program created with support from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Now in its third year, the Signature Series pairs LA County artists with world-renowned performers in a one-of-a-kind presentation. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation, which supports programs at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood and throughout Los Angeles County.
Diavolo performs a distinct style of architecture in motion that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between the danger of our environment and the fragility of the human body. Diavolo is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip-hop. There is no narrative, but strong themes pervade the work such as human struggle, fear, danger, survival, chaos, order, deconstruction, reconstruction, destiny, destination, faith, and love.
ABOUT New West Symphony
Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.
ABOUT christopher rountree
Rountree, 31, is the founder, conductor and creative director of the pathbreaking L.A. chamber orchestra wild Up. The group has been called "Searing. Penetrating. And Thrilling" by NPR's Performance Today and named "Best Classical Music of 2012" by the Los Angeles Times.