By HOO SOOK HWANG
AAP Theater Review
ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 20, 2014) — The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, hosted the world famous dance company, Diavolo Architecture In Motion, for a one-night stop in the Twin Cities on April 18th that will not be forgotten.
Founded in 1992, by French born choreographer Jacques Heim, Diavolo’s rapid success revealed himself noteworthy. The performance reignited life into ticket holders after a long winter and performers immediately captivated our attention. Dancers performed phenomenally through the use of simple props and fascinating lighting.
The ingenious choreographed movement by dancers encouraged the audience to think profoundly about socially just and politically complex issues. Dance numbers titled, “Cubicle” and “Transit Space” were eclectic, dynamic and emotional. Diavolo dancers constructed a story of humanity at our best and most perplexed.
The diversity of dancers, as well as creative performances possessed implausible energy. Numbers performed had the high and intense energy of Alvin Ailey, the beautiful grace of Martha Graham (The Mother of Modern Dance) and the creativity of George Balanchine (infamously known for his services to the New York City Ballet).
Originative and articulate dancers dominated the stage and weaved together jazz, hip-hop, ballet, break dancing, pop, stomp and modern dance. They truly mesmerized the audience. Moves were highly synchronized and the musical lyrics conveyed an unfolded message, which evoked thoughtful pause about a story that lies within each of us, separate and within systems. It was uplifting to witness such unique talent on one stage, condensed into two hours of truly unstoppable energy.