The term, “theater of war,” as defined by the National Command Authorities, is the area of air, land and water that is, or may become, directly involved in the conduct of war. To Jacques Heim, founder, artistic director and choreographer of the 30-year old, Los Angeles-based troupe, Diavolo|Architecture™ in Motion, these words have taken on a literal meaning in the context of art: With veterans performing besides dancers in “S.O.S. – Signs of Strength,” which had its Los Angeles premiere in March and was seen as part of a double bill in Houston over the weekend, the work is searing, heartfelt, and emotionally gripping.
Diavolo—Architecture in Motion in “S.O.S—Signs of Strength” with US Army Veterans. Photograph by George Simiam
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continue Reading