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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Architecture in Motion

Apr 13, 2016
Apr 14, 2016

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Equal parts Cirque du Soleil, brilliant choreography and “architecture in motion,” Diavolo turns death-defying dancers free in a super-sized playground of wheels, bowls and walls in a unique display of kinetic drama.

Diavolo brings two works to PIFA 2016 which explore the distinct relationships between the dangers of our environment and the human body, as observed through abstract and recognized structures. The program, Architecture in Motion, is comprised of two individual works, Fluid Infinities and Cubicle. Fluid Infinities is set on an abstract dome structure sitting on a reflection of itself. The performers explore metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and our voyage into the unknown future. The dome's organic patterns evoke the craters of the moon, a honeycomb of bees, a shifting brain, or an undiscovered starship. As the trilogy concludes, Fluid Infinities investigates the persistence of life through struggle and the promise of life to change beyond the space of time. 

Set in an abstract corporate America, Cubicle explores the human condition under cramped control and a monotonous reality, exposing an underlying counterbalance between freedom and anarchy in the workplace. Anonymity and confinement set the pace in this corporate sea of grey as we witness a multitude of shifting landscapes as abstract representations of a familiar work environment. Boxing in both their sanity and distinctiveness, we witness the struggle to maintain a sense of individuality on the corporate climb as the performers labor against a homogenized work mentality, finding solidarity only within themselves and each other. 

The Apr 13 performance has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.


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