Written by Erin Palmer, Senior Manager of Programming & Community Engagement , The Kentucky Center
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 the Kentucky Center staff, Kentucky Center 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 the Kentucky Center Wellness in Action Committee and Programming Outreach.
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 Center’s 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 Center 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.