Relationships in a Constructed World

Victoria Menchaca, Ordway 4/18/15

In this ORDWAY EXTRA, Jacques Heim and Olive Bieringa remind us of the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment, while Thomas Flake applies his collegiate learning to the outside world as Diavolo’s set designer. Jacques Heim wonders: how does our environment influence the choices we make every day?

Videography/Photography: Sherine Onukwuwe, Souleye Films

Speaker Bios

Jacques Heim
Artistic Director of Diavolo and Choreographer

A choreographer for over 20 years, Jacques Heim founded Diavolo, a dance company exploring the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment, in 1992. His choreography has appeared in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, Ice Age Live!, BBC America’s Dancing with the Stars, and Bravo’s Step Up and Dance, among others.

Gülgün Kayim
Co-Founder of Skewed Visions and Interdisciplinary Theater Artist

Theater Artist Gülgün Kayim is the co-founder of Skewed Visions, a multidisciplinary collective of artists operating under the ideology that any place can become a theatrical place. Kayim currently works as the Director of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy for the City of Minneapolis and as affiliate faculty for the University of Minnesota.

Thomas Flake
University of St. Thomas Engineering Student

Through a class project at the University of St. Thomas, Thomas Flake inspired Diavolo’s set design for the work entitled Cubicle. Now, Flake works as a project engineer at GEA Process Engineering Inc.

Diavolo, a Los Angeles-based dance company, uses a team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers to reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

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