The 5 Best Things You Can Do in Houston This Weekend: Diavolo, Hot Box Girls and More

Diavolo company members in Fluid Infinities
Diavolo company members in Fluid Infinities
Photo by Alexander Slanger

Jacques Heim's Diavolo dance company has an unusual tagline: "Architecture in Motion." The phrase eloquently describes Heim's fusion of industrial set pieces with concert dance. In town on Friday for a one-night stand courtesy of the Society for the Performing Arts, Diavolo has two dramatic works on the bill, Fluid Infinities and Trajectoire.

Originally created for the Hollywood Bowl and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Fluid Infinities is set to Philip Glass's Symphony No 3. In it, company members dive, slide and propel themselves through crater-like holes in a 1,600-pound dome sitting onstage that looks like the moon. The work investigates our connection with space and time. Trajectoire also features a large set-piece with a giant, rocking ship onstage. The performers (dancers, gymnasts and actors) take the audience on a suspense-filled voyage.

The French-born artistic director Jacques Heim founded Diavolo in 1992. Since the emergence of his Los Angeles-based company, he's choreographed for notable shows such as Cirque du Soleil's Kà.

8 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑227‑4772 or visit spahouston.org. $28 to $70.

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