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Diavolo atheticism takes dance stage

Los Angeles dance theater company Diavolo performs at the Aspen District Theatre tonight and Wednesday. (Courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet)

It would be understandable to think Diavolo, the dance company performing tonight and Wednesday at the Aspen District Theatre, gets its name from a derivation of the Latin root for devil.

But the company’s press materials reveal that the name comes from the Greek “dia,” for “across,” and “volo,” Latin for “I will fly.” The company does fly; its members are gymnasts as much as dancers. And its performances, with titles like “Catapult” and “Tête en L’Air” (“Head in the Air”) have as much to do with reaching for the sky as pointing toes on the floor.

It is a tribute to the group’s high-flying theatrics that artistic director Jacques Heim, who founded Diavolo in Los Angeles in 1992, was hired by Cirque de Soleil to choreograph its permanent Las Vegas show “Ka,” which opened early in 2005.

Diavolo’s performances are presented by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Call 1-877-326-2464 for ticket information. Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door starting an hour before the 7:30 p.m. shows.

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