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January 30, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Who doesn't love a good party? That's the attitude of leadership at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. So with that thought in mind, the opening night of Diavolo came complete with a shindig at the French bistro La Cachette in Santa Monica. As a former dancer, board member Jamie Bishton recalled the cast parties he attended after his performances with American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp's dance company and the White Oak Dance Project. "When I was dancing, we wanted to meet everyone who saw the show, not just the select few who paid the big dollars," he said.
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August 31, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Jacques Heim has been obsessed with geometric shapes for years. After founding the Los Angeles-based dance troupe Diavolo in 1992, his passion got translated into full-blown stage sets, custom designs that include a 21/2-ton aluminum wheel, a 17-foot-long rocking boat and a humongous cube with more configurations than Mr. Rubik's. Heim's latest creation is no less striking. Resembling an oversized simian brain, a gigantic honeycomb or some kind of alien starship pocked with holes, this otherworldly structure is part of "Fluid Infinities," a work that began with a few children's blocks in 2005, and culminates on stage Sept.
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August 31, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Jacques Heim has been obsessed with geometric shapes for years. After founding the Los Angeles-based dance troupe Diavolo in 1992, his passion got translated into full-blown stage sets, custom designs that include a 21/2-ton aluminum wheel, a 17-foot-long rocking boat and a humongous cube with more configurations than Mr. Rubik's. Heim's latest creation is no less striking. Resembling an oversized simian brain, a gigantic honeycomb or some kind of alien starship pocked with holes, this otherworldly structure is part of "Fluid Infinities," a work that began with a few children's blocks in 2005, and culminates on stage Sept.
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September 7, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
Sept. 22-23 L.A. Dance Project With  Benjamin Millepied as director and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center as the primary backer, L.A. Dance Project is the most hyped dance event of this season - or of any other, for that matter. That's been a boon for Millepied, the French-born former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and choreographer of the hit movie "Black Swan. " Overflow crowds attended two site-specific events in the Museum of Contemporary Art. And the company was lustily cheered during a prime-time national TV guest spot on "So You Think You Can Dance"; Millepied was there as a guest judge.
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November 6, 2011 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jacques Heim, the 47-year-old artistic director of the dance company Diavolo, is spending a good chunk of his time lately hanging out with a group of teenage skateboarders. He watches them zoom up and fly off specially designed ramps in his company's warehouse-like space in downtown Los Angeles and, at appropriate moments, tosses them a lot "of random questions," he says. "I'll ask, 'What does fear mean to you?' Or 'Why would you abandon movement in midair?' And I've learned that the word 'commitment' to these kids is as powerful to them as it is to any adult," he says.
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September 7, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
Sept. 22-23 L.A. Dance Project With  Benjamin Millepied as director and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center as the primary backer, L.A. Dance Project is the most hyped dance event of this season - or of any other, for that matter. That's been a boon for Millepied, the French-born former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and choreographer of the hit movie "Black Swan. " Overflow crowds attended two site-specific events in the Museum of Contemporary Art. And the company was lustily cheered during a prime-time national TV guest spot on "So You Think You Can Dance"; Millepied was there as a guest judge.
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October 12, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf
We all have dreams, but one of Jacques Heim's long-cherished desires involves a 5,000-pound, 16-foot rotating aluminum wheel. This behemoth, the staging ground for nine fearless dancers and 90 minutes' worth of heart-stopping movement, is at the heart of the choreographer's newest piece, appropriately dubbed "DreamCatcher."
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February 9, 1997 | Victoria Looseleaf, Victoria Looseleaf is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Inside a 3,000-square-foot Northridge warehouse, sandwiched between Al's Auto Body and a stretch of doughnut shops and nail parlors, Jacques Heim and his 11-member Diavolo Dance Theater are running riot with 10 doors that have just been delivered.
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August 30, 2007
Diavolo Dance Theater has long performed to tailor-made original music, but in "Foreign Bodies" at the Hollywood Bowl, founder-choreographer Jacques Heim tackles a thorny score by Esa-Pekka Salonen -- with Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic right behind the dancing.
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December 31, 2006 | Lewis Segal
RASTA THOMAS Ballet star Not many dancers have performed leading roles with the Kirov Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and National Ballet of Cuba, plus Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out" on Broadway and a featured solo at the Academy Awards. But Rasta Thomas has earned credits and medals galore without, somehow, establishing himself in the ballet public's mind as indelibly as other dancers who've spent their careers in one place or company.
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November 6, 2011 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jacques Heim, the 47-year-old artistic director of the dance company Diavolo, is spending a good chunk of his time lately hanging out with a group of teenage skateboarders. He watches them zoom up and fly off specially designed ramps in his company's warehouse-like space in downtown Los Angeles and, at appropriate moments, tosses them a lot "of random questions," he says. "I'll ask, 'What does fear mean to you?' Or 'Why would you abandon movement in midair?' And I've learned that the word 'commitment' to these kids is as powerful to them as it is to any adult," he says.
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January 30, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Who doesn't love a good party? That's the attitude of leadership at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. So with that thought in mind, the opening night of Diavolo came complete with a shindig at the French bistro La Cachette in Santa Monica. As a former dancer, board member Jamie Bishton recalled the cast parties he attended after his performances with American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp's dance company and the White Oak Dance Project. "When I was dancing, we wanted to meet everyone who saw the show, not just the select few who paid the big dollars," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf
We all have dreams, but one of Jacques Heim's long-cherished desires involves a 5,000-pound, 16-foot rotating aluminum wheel. This behemoth, the staging ground for nine fearless dancers and 90 minutes' worth of heart-stopping movement, is at the heart of the choreographer's newest piece, appropriately dubbed "DreamCatcher."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1997 | Victoria Looseleaf, Victoria Looseleaf is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Inside a 3,000-square-foot Northridge warehouse, sandwiched between Al's Auto Body and a stretch of doughnut shops and nail parlors, Jacques Heim and his 11-member Diavolo Dance Theater are running riot with 10 doors that have just been delivered.
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June 15, 1996 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the fifth annual Lester Horton Dance Awards, presented Thursday night at the Water Court at California Plaza, it was the maverick side of Los Angeles dance that was the big winner. Aggressive individuality and experimentation showed much more strongly than in previous years, putting many newcomers into the winners' circle. The showcase categories--choreography and performance--honored deeply personal works, dramatic dancing and creative risk.
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October 28, 1999
* Theater. John Olive's "The Summer Moon," about the Japanese auto industry's arrival in California, has its California premiere, opening Nov. 5 at 7:45 p.m. at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, playing Tuesdays-Sundays at 7:45 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 5. $18 to $45. (714) 708-5555. * Dance. Jacques Heim's Diavolo Dance Theatre presents the premiere of "Catapult: La Comedie Humaine" on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.
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