Dance Review: BODYTRAFFIC (Ethan Cohen “Recurrence”; Micaela Taylor “SNAP”; Hoffesh Shecter “Dust”; and Alejandro Cerrudo “PACOPEPEPLUTO” at The Wallis in Beverly Hills)

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by Tony Frankel on October 18, 2021

in Dance,Theater-Los Angeles

THAT’S AMORE!

L.A.’s amazing dance company BODYTRAFFIC returned to The Wallis’s gorgeous Bram Goldsmith Theater in Beverly Hills last weekend with a three-night engagement of four outstanding works that proved why this L.A.-based contemporary company has continually taken the dance world by storm, easily surpassing LA Dance Project as our greatest homegrown modern dance company. Here are works that are not only artistic achievements which display the athletic grace of each stellar company member, but they are also accessible and — can you believe it? — highly entertaining.

SNAP by choreographer Micaela Taylor. Alana Jones, Katie Garcia,
Joan Rodriguez, Lindsey Matheis, Tyeri Morrison, Tiare Keeno
Tyeri Morrison, Alana Jones, Guzman Rosado,
Tiare Keeno, Lindsey Matheis, Joan Rodriguez, Katie Garcia.

Micaela Taylor’s engaging SNAP, set to music by the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown,  urges us to “snap out” of the social pressure to conform.

Recurrence by choreographer Ethan Colangelo.
Paige Borowski, Pedro Garcia (top); Pedro Garcia, Paige Borowski (bottom)

The world premiere of Recurrence, an elegant duet created by company member Ethan Colangelo.

Dust by choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Guzman Rosado (top); 
Joseph Davis, Lindsey Matheis, Joan Rodriguez, Paige Borowski (bottom)

Hofish Shechter’s Dust  is about the human tendency to follow blindly, even when a leader’s agenda is pure evil.

PACOPEPEPLUTO by choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Cuban dancer Joan Rodriguez.

Alejandro Cerrudo’s PACOPEPEPLUTO is a florid floor exercise performed by four nearly naked men to hit songs by Dean Martin.

photos by Tomasz Rossa

BODYTRAFFIC
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Bram Goldsmith Theater
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills
ends on Oct 16, 2021
for more info, visit The Wallis or BODYTRAFFIC

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