About

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, recruiting great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance by distinctive choreographic voices. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, the company is internationally recognized for their high quality of work.

“Six dancers displayed fierce technique. The company is a welcome addition to the local dance scene.”

- Los Angeles Times, Victoria Looseleaf

Repertory includes works by MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Stijn Celis, Sarah Elgart, Alex Ketley, Anton Lachky, Loni Landon, Barak Marshall, Andrea Miller, Laura Gorenstein Miller, Ohad Naharin, Matthew Neenan, Joshua L. Peugh, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Zoe Scofield, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, and Guy Weizman & Roni Haver.

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BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world, including The Joyce Theater; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; the Israeli Opera/Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center; New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival; Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver; Laguna Dance Festival; The Broad Stage, Santa Monica; the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at UPenn; World Music/CRASHarts in Boston; the Winspear Opera House; and the American Dance Festival. In 2016, BODYTRAFFIC made its Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2017-2018, the company celebrated its 10th season with an international tour to more than 20 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg for the CONTEXT.Diana Vishneva Festival, and The Hague, Netherlands for The Holland Dance Festival. The season culminated with performances at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to performing, BODYTRAFFIC has an extensive outreach and education program that provides training opportunities for pre-professionals dancers, and customized dance experiences underserved and underprivileged populations, of all ages and abilities, around the globe.

“BODYTRAFFIC displays sheer animal magnetism...”

- San Francisco Weekly, Irene Hsiao

“It’s all green lights for BODYTRAFFIC”

- Los Angeles Times, Laura Bleiberg

“…one of the most talked-about young companies, not just in L.A. but nationwide…”

- Los Angeles Times, Laura Bleiberg

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In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC was selected by the Obama Administration to be cultural ambassadors of the United States via DanceMotion USA℠, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program that supports United States foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance. Produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), DanceMotion USA℠ is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. BODYTRAFFIC has also served as cultural ambassadors of the United States in South Korea (2016) and twice in Algeria (2017, 2018). BODYTRAFFIC has received generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Jewish University, Loyola Marymount University and The Agency.

“BODYTRAFFIC suggests invention, attitude, and urban edge.”

- The Boston Globe, Karen Campbell