Architecture In Motion: Diavolo Builds Contraption-Inspired Dances

“Diavolo / Architecture in Motion”

As I gradually expand who we follow on YouTube and who we’re contacting to encourage to send us news, I’m making some personal discoveries of established choreographers and companies that I’d been missing while writing about the music industry.

Diavolo is one such group that’s developed a body of work described as “architecture in motion” all while I wasn’t looking!

Artistic director Jacques Heim considers himself “more of an architect of motion than a choreographer” and, as he describes in the above videos, the dancers come up with the specific choreography that Heim organizes and sculpts into a complete piece focused on what I’m tempted to call contraptions though without the implication of poor construction.

But you have to recognize the mad inventor side of this work including one or two creations that look like they could crush a dancer pretty easily given the opportunity.

If you’re drawn to one or more of the performance pieces shown in the above video, you can check Diavolo’s YouTube account for more. Specific works can be easily identified by the featured contraption.

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.