Welcome to the world of Ate9 Dance Company, one of Los Angeles’ hottest cultural commodities. Indeed, Agami, who founded the eight-member troupe in Seattle in 2012 before boldly decamping to the City of Angels a year later (a town not known for being overly dance-friendly), is decidedly having a moment.
When it comes to geometric shapes, Jacques Heim, 50, is obsessed. After founding the risk-intensive, hyper-physical dance troupe Diavolo in Los Angeles in 1992, Paris-born Heim translated that passion into full-blown, custom designed stage sets. Included are a 2-1/2-ton aluminum wheel, a 17-foot-long rocking boat and an enormous cube with more configurations than Mr. Rubik’s.
There’s ample room for wavering quality within a mixed bill. A couple of solid pieces can easily compensate for a weak one, and it only takes one standout work to make audiences recall a programme favourably, provided its companions aren’t complete duds.