Written by Erin Palmer, Senior Programming Manager, Kentucky Performing Arts
DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion® returned to Louisville for the third
time on Friday, February 15, for a performance in Whitney Hall. Prior to
their show, the company engaged with community in multiple ways
throughout the day.
In the morning, 20 members of Kentucky Performing Arts (KPA) staff, KPA
volunteers, and resident company partner staff participated in a
team-building workshop using trust exercises and movement to better
understand each other and get to know each other in a different setting.
The workshop was made possible in partnership with Kentucky Performing Arts
Wellness in Action Committee and ArtsInspire.
In the afternoon, 18 students from the University of Louisville Theater
Dept., participating in Professor Ariadne Calvano’s “circus and
spectacle” movement class, took a Whitney Hall stage tour and observed
the company’s technical rehearsal. Longtime company member Brandon Grimm
introduced the group to the architectural pieces used in the show,
which the company endearingly have given female identities and call
“she”. He explained the construction of each set piece to the students
and illustrated how the company interacts with these giant props. After
observing the technical rehearsal, the class remarked how meaningful it
was to get to see a touring company working in a new space in real-time.
Most of the group also attended the evening performance.
In the evening, the company led a pre-show Q&A session followed by
pictures for 24 VIP patrons in the KPA Mary Anderson Room. Jacques
Heim, Diavolo’s founder and artistic director, served as moderator,
asking the dancers in the company various questions about their
experience as performers, and then inviting VIP patrons to pose
questions to them as well.
On Saturday, February 16, Mr. Heim and two of his colleagues took a tour
of the new Kentucky Performing Arts venue, Old Forester’s Paristown Hall,
currently under construction near Brent Street. They were intrigued by
the performance possibilities in the venue and hope to return to
Louisville to perform in the new space.