Springfield, Ohio — Continuing its tradition of offering high-caliber performing arts as part of its annual Wittenberg Series, Wittenberg University welcomes Diavolo, a dance company out of Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, located on South Fountain Avenue in downtown Springfield.
Founded in 1992 by Jacques Heim, Diavolo’s interdisciplinary performances examine the funny and frightening ways individuals interact with their environment. Diavolo utilizes surrealistic and outrageous sets and a troupe that includes a unique combination of dancers, actors and gymnasts.
Diavolo has performed around the world and has garnered the enthusiastic attention of critics. 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, Heim, who serves as artistic director, was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of “36 Faces to Watch.”
Heim states that his artistic vision is to propel the evolution of dance and entertainment to make the arts more integrated within the mainstream of America. Diavolo’s performance is presented with support from the Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Charitable Trust.
Tickets for the Diavolo performance can be obtained at the box office located on the lower level of Wittenberg’s Benham-Pence Student Center or by calling the Clark State Performing Arts Center box office at (937) 328-3874. Like all Wittenberg Series events, admission is free.
The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Gabrielle Antoniadis