DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion has just announced its online and in-person Construct – A Summer Intensive June 28 – July 6, 2021. The workshop’s hours are 10am – 2pm (PT) with no class on July 4th.  The company lists this workshop as “more than a virtual dance intensive”. It is an movement workshop construct for which participants will receive a kit to build their very own Diavolo cubicle.

The online workshop will culminate with a virtual showing on July 13, 2021. If registered for the Virtual Intensive, your Cubicle kit will be sent to your specified address. Instructions for constructing the set piece will be emailed prior to the start of the workshop!

The in-person dance intensive will investigate the ideas of architecture in motion. The results will be filmed July 7-9, 2021 with a virtual showing on July 14. This in-person section will conclude with a professional one on one session with two time Emmy-winning Cinematographer Aaron Mendez.

The faculty for the summer intensive will include: Jacques Heim, DIAVOLO Founder & Creative Director, Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil’s KÁ; Jim Vincent, Former Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Executive Creative Director Walt Disney Imagineering; Lisa Lindholm, GO 2 Talent Agency VMA’s, Super Bowl Halftime, Masked Singer, Parris Goebel, Penny Dreadful; Margaret Selby, Selby/Artists Management Alonzo King LINES Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and MOMIX; and Derion Loman; Pilobolus, World of Dance, and DIAVOLO.

Each day participants will focus on strength plus conditioning, DIAVOLO repertoire, cubical exploration, and solo work creation.


The purpose of this workshop is to utilize the body to express relationships and interactions with architectural set pieces. Each day will build upon the previous, so attendance is mandatory.

The final presentation will be edited from material created during this workshop and premiered live on YouTube JULY 13, 2021.

DIAVOLO - Matt Transit in "This Is Me: Letters From the Front Lines" - Photo by George Simian

DIAVOLO – Matt Transit in “This Is Me: Letters From the Front Lines” – Photo by George Simian


In-person and virtual – June 28-July 6, 2021 (no class July 4)  10am-2pm (PST)

Period 1: DIAVOLO Warm-up (45 minutes) – Preparing your body to be pushed beyond your physical limit and discovering your strengths.

Period 2: DIAVOLO Training (45 minutes) – Looking at your own environment like a playground, as a source, as an inspiration for creating movement. A relation and interaction between your body and your space.

Period 3: DIAVOLO Repertoire (30 minutes) – Participants will learn existing choreography from Part One of DIAVOLO’s show L.O.S.T [Losing Oneself Temporarily], CUBICLE (2015). Immerse yourself in the themes, qualities, and intricate movement sections of this original piece.

Period 4: DIAVOLO Creation (2 hours) – How do we prepare for tomorrow? How do we prepare dancers for a post-pandemic world? In today’s landscape, where we feel isolated living with the unfamiliar, we ask ourselves how do we have the strength to rise every morning? What makes us continue to believe in ourselves?

DIAVOLO stresses that this workshop will focus on the artists participating, on their aspiration and desires. Things are opening up following the past 15 months of the pandemic and the company believes that it is time to feel like an artist again. “Through DIAVOLO’s one-of-a-kind creative process, you will create the text that will become your script for movement. We will create solo work and group movement sections that support this unique time in our lives – DIAVOLO press release.”


(includes Cubicle kit with shipping for VIRTUAL participants)
(includes film days with Aaron Mendez for IN PERSON participants)
$600 | 8 day workshop Early Bird Registration
$650 | 8 day workshop Registration After April 28th

Age requirements: 15 years and above.

All VIRTUAL participants are required to work with a Cubicle kit. This kit will be shipped to your desired address or can be available for pickup from our studio in Los Angeles.

A Welcome Packet will be emailed to all registered participants by June 1st, 2021.

To register for DIAVOLO’s Virtual Construct Workshop, click HERE.

To register for DIAVOLO’s in studio Construct Workshop, click HERE.

Register at the links above for either In Person or Virtual Construct before April 28 for an Early Enrollment discount.  There are only 15 In Person Spots available and 15 Virtual Spots available. Register today! Registration ends June1st or once capacity is reached.

For additional information, click HERE.

Written and compiled by Jeff Slayton for DIAVOLO/Architecture In Motion press release.

Featured image: DIAVOLO – “This Is Me: Letter From the Front Lines” – France Nguyen Vincent (center) and dancers – – Photo by George Simian