Published : Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 2:10 PM
Jennifer Cheng and the Cheng Family Foundation will be presenting “Next Generation,” a program of choreography by DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion, LA’s groundbreaking dance company, in collaboration with the Dance Conservatory of Pasadena (DCP) and Arcadia High School’s Orchesis Dance Company, in two performances on Saturday, September, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The program includes “D2R” (1995, re-staged in 2002) and “Trajectoire” (1999), performed by DIAVOLO itself, at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, at 188 Campus Drive in Arcadia.
Students from the pre-professional program at Dance Conservatory of Pasadena will perform “Pillows,” “IBUKI Ballet,” “Mini door,” “Knockturne,” “Chaise,” “Origine,” and “Cubica.”
Orchesis Dance Company performs “Cage.”
DIAVOLO is working closely with each dance group to pass the ethos and performing techniques on to young, local dancers. Recently, the DCP students competed with the DIAVOLO-choreographed piece “Cubica” in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP). “Cubica” was inspired by DIAVOLO’s piece “Cubicle” which is part of DIAVOLO’s new program “L.O.S.T.”
The students won first place at the semi-finals at YAGP San Diego and performed in the ensemble division at Skirball Theater in YAGP finals in New York City.
Jennifer Cheng, who serves as the Artistic Director of Dance Conservatory of Pasadena and Executive Director of DIAVOLO says they wanted to bring the aesthetic of Architecture in Motion to Dance Conservatory of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.
“Dance in Los Angeles is experiencing tremendous growth and becoming a new and exciting center for dance in the world,” Cheng said. “We want to share this extraordinary new phase in dance to Pasadena, Arcadia and all of San Gabriel Valley.”
Cheng adds that since they will be performing at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, they decided to invite Orchesis, Arcadia High School’s resident dance company, to share in the performance with their community.
“We’re so thrilled to work with them and highlight their incredible talent by choreographing a custom DIAVOLO piece for them to present,” Cheng said.
Founded in 1992 by French-born choreographer and visionary Jacques Heim, DIAVOLO is already deeply woven into the dance fabric of Los Angeles. Their unique style reinvents dance and reimagines theater to create genre-bending stage performances with striking set pieces.
“DIAVOLO has been Los Angeles’ wild child, a company of daredevil dancers leaping and cavorting on pitching wheels, Goliath walls and playground equipment from a super-sized wonderland,” the Los Angeles Times said about the group.
DIAVOLO has performed for hundreds of thousands of concertgoers worldwide as well as millions more on television. Next season, DIAVOLO will be performing all over the country including Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
For the September 23 program, tickets are $19.99 to $29.99, and $10 for Arcadia High School Students with a current school ID. Tickets are on sale now at www.arcadiapaf.org/leased-events.