Since the 1970s, when a handful of intrepid choreographers began to define virtuosity as risk, the ante has been upped. While ballet dancers edged from three or four pirouettes to umpteen, those in the postmodern kamikaze set learned to hurtle through the air, hang from ropes, burst through plates of glass, and dive onto trampolines. At its best, Diavolo—run by a Frenchman, Jacques Heim, and based in Los Angeles—combines organized peril with drama and a mordant wit. The fact that his performers, who are drawn from theater, dance, gymnastics, and Hollywood stunt crews, wear real clothes (even tailcoats) gives their shenanigans... More >>>