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Contact: Kerrie Sadler                                                           For Immediate Release                                            September 2, 2015
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Performances Presented by Valley Performing Arts Center & Ford Signature Series

Two weeks before its own 21st Masterpiece Series season gets underway, the New West Symphony will provide the orchestral accompaniment for the North American premiere of L'Espace du Temps, an innovative dance and music program presented by the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in partnership with the Ford Signature Series.  The three-part work will be performed by renowned Los Angeles-based dance company DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion.  Led by Los Angeles conductor Christopher Rountree, this will be the first time the work has been performed in its entirety with           live orchestra.

Performances will take place Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 pm at the Valley Performing Arts Center. The theatre is located on the campus of California State University, Northridge at 18111 Nordhoff Street, at the corner of Nordhoff and Lindley, in Northridge California.  Tickets priced from $60 - $99 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (818) 677-3000.  

"This year we have reached a remarkable milestone as we celebrate 20 years of bringing vibrant, world-class music to the Los Angeles metropolitan area," said Natalia Staneva, executive director of the New West Symphony. "We are thrilled to be a part of the vision for this project and join DIAVOLO for this U.S. premiere of L'Espace du Temps at the Valley Performing Arts Center, our first time performing at the state-of-the-art facility." The New West Symphony is a professional orchestra led by music director Marcelo Lehninger that draws its players from throughout the Los Angeles area. It is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, founded in 1992 by artistic director and choreographer Jacques Heim, performs a distinct style of architecture in motion that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between our environment and the fragility of the human body. DIAVOLO's dance is a fusion of different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip-hop. There is no narrative, but strong themes pervade the work such as human struggle, fear, danger, survival, chaos, order, deconstruction, reconstruction, destiny, destination, faith, and love.

L'Espace du Temps began as three individual pieces commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Hollywood Bowl: Foreign Bodies (2007) set to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Fearful Symmetries (2010) set to the music of John Adams, and Fluid Infinities (2013) set to Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3.  The complete workis a meditation on the space of time from creation to evolution and finally to an unknown destination.  It begins with three questions: "Where do we come from?" "Where are we going?" and "How did everything begin?" From these questions, the trilogy evokes familiar and foreign worlds by exploring the relationship between the shifting architecture of the human experience and the ever-changing processes that lie within and without. DIAVOLO first performed L'Espace du Temps in its entirety, but without a live orchestra, during the summer of 2014 at the Movimentos Festival in   Wolfsburg, Germany.

"Giant...monumental...fantastic...outrageous..!" says Mr. Heim of the work. "Performing L'Espace du Temps is the biggest piece to date for DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion. All three pieces are extremely intense, not only musically but also structurally. Creating the trilogy has been an incredible challenge to the company…pushing me to creating pieces for DIAVOLO with a completely different process, a process that truly defines Architecture in Motion." Set pieces for L'Espace du Temps were created by set designer Tina Trefethen and architect Adam Davis.

The Valley Performing Arts Center will open its fifth full season with these performances, made possible by a re-orchestration of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Foreign Bodies score that has been scaled to fit into VPAC's orchestra pit and utilize instrumentalists who play in the other two pieces.  Mr. Rountree, who is a composer as well as a conductor, has overseen the orchestral reduction with Mr. Salonen's approval. 

Thor Steingraber, executive director of Valley Performing Arts Center, said, "This trilogy has percolated for almost a decade.  It's Heim's first full-length evening with orchestra in the 23-year history of DIAVOLO, and bringing Rountree into the mix to conduct and re-shape the Salonen score is the perfect culmination to the trilogy's evolution.  Now DIAVOLO can tour the trilogy widely, and rightfully fulfill their role as LA's dance ambassadors to the world." 

Now in its third year, the Ford Signature Series pairs LA County artists with world-renowned performers in a one-of-a-kind presentation. "We are pleased to partner with the Valley Performing Arts Center on this exciting presentation," said Laura Zucker, Executive Director, LA County Arts Commission. "While the Ford Theatres undergoes renovations, we continue to present world-renowned LA County artists through this partnership. This evening of dance and music is a perfect fit for the Ford Signature Series."


Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  It also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, an after-school, tuition-free music education  program for underserved students. More information and a full season schedule may be found at

Christopher Rountree, 31, is the founder, conductor and creative director of the path breaking L.A. chamber orchestra, wild Up. The group has been called "Searing. Penetrating. And Thrilling" by NPR's Performance Today and named "Best Classical Music of 2012" by the Los Angeles Times.

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment.  Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO's diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.  Meticulously designed architectural structures serve as the central inspiration for each work, activated by the stylistically varied and intensely physical choreography which has become the hallmark of this truly original company throughout its rich 25-year history.  Through The DIAVOLO Institute the company also provides educational and outreach opportunities to people of all ages and abilities while touring internationally and at home in Los Angeles, sharing the pioneering art form and the power of dance as a means of social impact.

Jacques Heim has been a transformative choreographer for over 20 years. He has directed the Company's work ever since founding DIAVOLO in 1992.  Mr. Heim was born and raised in Paris, France. His earliest experiences with performance came from street performing. He attended Middlebury College (B.F.A. in Theater, Dance, and Film), the University of Surrey in England (Certificate for Analysis and Criticism of Dance), and the California Institute for the Arts (M.F.A., Choreography).  In addition to his work with DIAVOLO, Heim has worked extensively for other companies in dance, theater, TV, and special events worldwide. Most recently Jacques worked with Guy Caron and Michael Curry as consulting choreographer on Ice Age Live!, a "mammoth" arena show which had its world premiere at London's Wembley Stadium in November 2012. For Cirque du Soleil, Jacques choreographed at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. He was a Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou, China. In 2005, Jacques was the Artistic Director for the Taurus Stunt Awards and returned in 2007 to stage a movement/stunt piece, "The Car". With Center Theater Group, Jacques created choreography for the stage play, The Stones. On television, his work has appeared on BBC America's Dancing with the Stars and Bravo's Step Up and Dance. Jacques taught movement and dance for many years at Ballet Pacifica, Cal State LA and UCLA. In addition to three USA Fellowship nominations and four Alpert Award nominations, Jacques has received the Martha Hill Choreography Award of the American Dance Festival, the Special Prize of the Jury at the 6th Saitama International Dance Festival, a Brody Arts Fund fellowship, and a James Irvine Foundation Fellowship.