Diavolo Dance Theater

Like a kid at a playground not content with the accepted pendulum movement of a swing, who starts twisting the chains, hanging upside down or climbing on the structure itself, choreographer Jacques Heim considers an object’s conventional purpose only a starting point. Since founding Diavolo in 1992, Heim has been intrigued by the infinite potential in ways that commonplace objects can interact with the human body. Using a tire or stairs or a giant wheel, Heim and his assemblage of finely honed dancers push the boundaries of movement in a theatrically thrilling manner. This performance marks the troupe’s return after a highly praised year of touring that included South Korea and, most recently, arts festivals in Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico. Local audiences can also catch Diavolo in August at Highways’ 17th-anniversary celebration. But after a considerable absence from local stages, Diavolo’s return can be enjoyed immediately at Grand Performances, California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Fri.-Sat., July 14-15, 8 p.m.; free. (213) 687-2159 or

—Ann Haskins

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