Heim is founder and artistic director of Diavolo, the
"Basically, what we do onstage is a live abstract painting," Heim says. "There's not really a story, per se, but there are themes that run through all our pieces -- such as the human condition, chaos, order, fear, danger, survival, destiny."
In short, Heim says, Diavolo is "architecture in motion." The ensemble includes not only dancers adept at styles from ballet to hip-hop, but also athletes gifted in gymnastics and the martial arts.
"I'm interested in the interaction between the human body and the architectural environment, and how that is affecting us not only socially, but emotionally and physically," says Heim, who is also known for choreographing the
A native of
"I was a rebel, so I started a street theater group -- performing in the street, on top of cars and in the subway, and getting arrested," Heim says. His interested in dance got a boost when he moved to
"I went to
With its emphasis on painting stage pictures, with the human body as one of the colors on the palette, Diavolo might appear to be similar in approach to Pilobolus and MOMIX. But Heim says that in this case, appearances are indeed deceiving.
"The process is completely different," he says. "MOMIX does many pieces on a bare stage. With Pilobolus, sometimes it's all about the bodies. Diavolo is about the architecture."
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