Highly Recommended Dance: BODYTRAFFIC (2023/24 Season Launch at The Wallis in Beverly Hills)

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by William Keiser on October 1, 2023

in Dance,Theater-Los Angeles,Tours


L.A.’s amazing dance company BODYTRAFFIC returns to The Wallis‘s gorgeous Bram Goldsmith Theater in Beverly Hills this weekend with a two-night engagement of four outstanding works that will prove 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. They deliver 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.

Founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC, unlike many modern companies, offers distinctive new works that clearly are born of non-conformist, creative thinking while remaining unpretentious. And what is great about seeing them here is that L.A. gets world premieres, two of which will be in the program. This internationally acclaimed company will deliver a program featuring two world premieres on October  6 & 7 at The Wallis. Featuring astonishing, theatrical contemporary performances, these performances officially begin BODYTRAFFIC’s 2023/24 season, the first-ever expanded L.A. Season of Dance: Perpetual Pursuits, which celebrates the art of forward movement and persevering. I’ve see only one on the program and it’s a riot! 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.

The Act of Becoming (World Premiere) – Fernando Hernando
Blue Until June (BODYTRAFFIC Premiere) – Trey McIntyre
Bloquea’o (World Premiere) – Joan Rodriguez
SNAPMicaela Taylor (see photos below)
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.


photos by Tomasz Ross

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Bram Goldsmith Theater
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills
October 6 & 7, 2023
for more info, visit The Wallis or BODYTRAFFIC

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