Los Angeles-based Diavolo dance company to defy gravity again on “America’s Got Talent” finale – Orange County Register

The remaining 10 acts in Season 12 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will perform Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the Dolby Theatre stage with the hope of gaining last-minute support from America’s TV audience.

Diavolo, founded in 1992 by French choreographer Jacques Heim, is the only act from California, but there is no such thing as a home-field advantage when more than 16 million viewers nationwide tune in to the NBC broadcast each week.

During this final week of competition, you will see it all from this Los Angeles-based dance company — singing, stand-up comedy, ventriloquism, dog training and daredevil acrobatics

The dancers have stiff competition in 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer (whose audition video went viral in May) and 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale, who told judges she wants to be the next Whitney Houston.

But Diavolo has its eyes on the prize — $1 million and a contract to perform its own headlining show in Las Vegas — and its  members are ready to bring another gravity-defying piece to the stage. Their semi-final routine was set to Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times,” in which the dancers performed back flips off an over-size wheel and slid down a large pyramid.  And let’s not forget the athletic modern dance choreography between the stunts.

Heim calls Diavolo’s special brand of dance “architecture in motion.”

Whether or not the group is chosen the winner on Wednesday, Sept. 20, being on “America’s Got Talent” has given Diavolo an opportunity to expand audiences’ definition of dance.

In a previous interview, Heim said, “I fell in love with the power and universal aspect of movement. And I started to think about how dance can echo our own existence. … I want to bring the audience closer to the art of dance. That is the bottom line.”

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