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Spectacular Dance Group at UW Feb. 24

February 19, 2009 — What do you get when you combine dynamic dance moves, trust, teamwork and individual expression?

The answer: Diavolo.

The unique Los Angeles-based dance group will perform Tuesday, Feb. 24, as part of the University of Wyoming Cultural Programs' spring concert series. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. inside the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

Tickets cost $28 for adults and $24 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available by calling the Fine Arts Center box office at (307) 766-6666 or at the Web site

The 10-member company, comprised of dancers, gymnasts and stunt actors, use everyday items such as chairs and doors as the backdrop for dramatic movements that create metaphors for the challenges of relationships, the absurdities of life and the struggle to maintain humanity in an increasingly technological world.

"We saw Diavolo in Los Angeles, when it was rehearing a piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and there were dancers flying through the air, throwing and catching each other. It was breathtaking and scary, yet whimsical," says UW Cultural Programs Director Cedric Reverand. "I'm glad to say that this piece will open Diavolo's program here at UW, and it's just spectacular!"

In a recent review of Diavolo, Newsday wrote, "It would be terrifying to watch if not for the fact that someone always manages to slide, roll or jump into exactly the right spot at exactly the right time."

To learn more about Diavolo, go to the group's official Web site at

Annually, Cultural Programs brings a variety of internationally-known performers to campus.

The spring concert series will also feature Gilmore Prize winner Ingrid Fliter, who was recently lauded by the Los Angeles Times as "a pianistic force of nature" (April 2); and Quartet New Generation, a contemporary ensemble of recorder players from Amsterdam (April 17).

Diavolo performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009

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