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For a Few Moments, There was No Talk of Illness or Chemotherapy

This week, throughout BODYTRAFFIC’s residency in Lafayette, the unique energy and spirit of this organization was felt through multiple outreach projects. 

BODYTRAFFIC a joy to watch at Williams Center

BODYTRAFFIC wants to both popularize dance and explore the cutting edge with new, original works. The Los Angeles-based group presented three pieces Wednesday night at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts, one that used spoken word and storytelling, one that was avant-garde, and a third with lively jazz and swing based dances.

by Dave Howell, February 26, 2016

BODYTRAFFIC mesmerized Centennial in dark humor

When I went to see the contemporary dance group BODYTRAFFIC, my pre-conceived notion of the how the performance would go went well beyond what I was expecting.

by Ernesto Fierro, February 15, 2016

BODYTRAFFIC report

The LA-based group demonstrates an affinity for humor and the serious with its North Texas debut at AT&T Performing Arts Center, courtesy of TITAS.

by Margaret Putnam, January 25, 2016

Dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC takes the fast lane

With a cool, descriptive name, BODYTRAFFIC trades in cutting-edge contemporary dance commissioned from renowned choreographers.

by Manuel Mendoza, January 19, 2016

Transform Yourself

Run by the Los Angeles company’s co-directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the program spans three weeks and boasts an impressive lineup of guest choreographers. The goal? Not merely achieving technical improvement or expanding a dancer’s repertoire, but sparking artistic transformation.

by Jen Jones Donatelli, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015

In March, Vancouver’s annual Chutzpah Festival presented the kinetic wonder that is Bodytraffic, with the LA-based dance company scorching through Richard Siegal’s jazzy The New 45, Kyle Abraham’s epic Kollide, Joshua L. Peugh’s magical Trick of the Light, and Victor Quijada’s intense Once again, before you go.

by Kelsey Klassen, December 30, 2015

Revving up contemporary dance on the West Coast

BodyTraffic returned to Philadelphia with commissioned pieces by some of today’s most prominent choreographers. Under the direction of Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company performed four Philadelphia premieres at Dance Affiliate’s Next Move series, showcasing the athleticism, versatility, and the technical ability of its dancers.

by Gregory King, November 10, 2015

Dance troupe building cultural bridges in Mideast visits Philly

“It was an extraordinary experience,” said Tina Finkelman Berkett, co-founder and co-artistic director of the company, one of three chosen by Dance Motion USA to travel abroad. They performed and conducted residency workshops with professional dancers, amateurs, and people with no dance training at all.

by Petter Crimmins, November 8, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC artfully explores aspects of dance

BODYTRAFFIC opened Wednesday night at the Prince Theater with an evening of works that celebrate and explore its very medium – dance.

by Ellen Dunkel, November 7, 2015

Rising-star of LA contemporary dance scene showcases versatile talent

One of the most recognized contemporary dance companies in United States, with highly talented and athletic dancers who can handle a wide variety of choreography. Just back from their biggest International performance as one of the presenters of a four-week DanceMotion USA in Israel and Jordan, which is sponsored by the Department of State, they return to Philadelphia with four premiers as the second performers for NextMove project at the Prince Theater.

by Eri Yoneda, November 6, 2015

Middle East-Meets-West Coast in Dance Exchange Program

From dancing in bomb shelters to doing splits on camels, BODYTRAFFIC definitely made the most of its recent cultural exchange in the Middle East.

The Los Angeles-based dance company just finished its residency in Israel and Jordan with DanceMotion USA, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

by Rachel Kurland, November 6, 2015

US dance company connects with Jordanian children through movement

An American dance company is halfway through a two-week tour of the Kingdom to promote one-on-one interaction, dance and most of all, joy to Jordanian students, people with disabilities and other dancers.

by Xiomara Hurni-Cranston, October 27, 2015

A pleasant surprise – BODYTRAFFIC

But the surprise and joy of ten dancers who yesterday (Thursday) on the stage of Performing Arts in Tel Aviv, were anything but mediocre and banal. In fact, it was one of the best and most interesting performances selected dance season Tabernacle for a long time.

by Tal Lavin, October 16, 2015

Human Traffic

If you are a contemporary dancer living in the Los Angeles area, chances are you are trying to get into BODYTRAFFIC. The eight-year-old troupe is completely unique to its surroundings, providing a much-needed home for dancers, choreographers and dance lovers amid the glitter and glitz of Hollywood.

by Ori J. Lenkinski, October 8, 2015

Body Movin’

The program is ambitious, the strength and diversity of the works being presented is a testament to dancers’ chameleon-like ability to fulfill the distinct tenor of each movement language. It’s also proof that Barbeito and Finkelman Berkett know how to choose their choreographers. When asked if they had something specific in mind when commissioning these pieces Berkett said simply, “We commissioned them to do exactly what they do.”

by Sarah Holcman, October 12, 2015

A Conversation with BODYTRAFFIC’s Directors

Neither of them particularly wanted to run her own company. When East Coast transplants Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett founded their repertory troupe BODYTRAFFIC in 2007, it was really so they’d have a vehicle to perform the contemporary work they loved in the commercial dance hub of Los Angeles.

by  Rachel Rizzuto, September 1, 2015

Moves After Dark program presents 4 female-led dance groups in unconventional spaces

A repeat from the 2014 Dance Camera West festival, “Restructure” choreographed by Victor Quijada took center stage again as the Moves After Dark finale. BODYTRAFFIC moved like a mesmerizing human jigsaw puzzle that unfolded to engrossing effect on a jungle gym built for adults.

by  Christina Campodonico, July 15, 2015

The Music Center’s Moves After Dark Brings Dance To LA Landscape

Barbeito, for her part, says BODYTRAFFIC’s participation in Moves After Dark is much larger than the company itself. “What we want to do is have L.A. be a major destination for dance,” she explained, noting the landscape has “changed tremendously” since her move here in 2001. Barbeito went on to co-found BODYTRAFFIC with co-director Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007 and the pair have quickly established themselves as leaders in the effort to do so.

by Jennifer Madison, July 13, 2015

Music Center’s Moves After Dark about contemporary dance, architecture

At the end of the program, audiences will merge in the Music Center’s plaza for Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett’s group BODYTRAFFIC, which will present “Restructure.” The piece, co-commissioned by the Music Center with Dance Camera West and presented at the Music Center last year, is a hybrid of dance and visual art centered on a giant yellow abstract sculpture by L.A. artist Gustavo Godoy.

by Deborah Vankin, July 13, 2015

Debuting at ADF, BODYTRAFFIC embodies joy of dancing

It’s not everyday that, even before a dance company finishes the first piece, I think: “And now I have a new company to love.”

by Susan Broili, June 15, 2015

U.S. Dance Troupes to Tour Overseas

The heart of the program is “dancers working one-on-one with young people, creating a shared experience together,”

by Brian Schaefer, March 31, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC closes Duncan season in spectacular style

One could categorize this gutsy dance company as a repertory company, but to call it a dancers’ company would be more accurate.

by Tara Mitton Catao, March 31, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC Return to Chutzpah! Festival with Four Compelling Works

“Company directors Tina Finkelman Berkett and Lillian Rose Barbeito combine highly skilled dancers and cutting-edge works by intrepid choreographers to create their distinct style.”

by Tessa Perkins, March 13, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC – A Mixture of Dance Styles

“BODYTRAFFIC’s dancers performed extremely different pieces with wonderful and clear precision that never bored spectators. They transported their audience in a flowing journey, traveling with different styles, music and tones.”

by Carolina Bergonzoni, March 9, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC has a strong sense of heart

What makes BODYTRAFFIC so distinct is the strong sense of heart in their work. These dancers are true performers, committing fully to the work, and to each other. The connections between the dancers were palpable and dynamic.

by Andrea Loewen, March 8, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC at The Broad Stage

“These are individuals who can meld into unison, but whom you also recognize for their distinctive styles and strengths.”

by Laura Bleiberg, March 7, 2015

Chutzpah! 2015 – BODYTRAFFIC

“All performers displayed sensuous physicality with each bringing a distinct aesthetic dimension to the choreographers’ works.”

by John Jane, March 6, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC at Chutzpah!

“Immensely talented LA-based dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC has built up an impressive repertoire of original commissions by top contemporary choreographers”

by Peter Dickinson, March 6, 2015

BODYTRAFFIC Visits Broad Stage

Los Angeles’ own contemporary dance ambassadors.

by Benn Widdey, February 25, 2015

From California with Gusto

BODYTRAFFIC has flourished in Los Angeles… You can see why. The company’s ten dancers are wonders—lithe, flexible, powerful, daring.

by Deborah Jowitt, January 10, 2015

A Wide Range of Works, With Some Sexiness Thrown Into the Mix

“What’s compelling about Bodytraffic are its wonderfully precise dancers”

BODYTRAFFIC Redefines L.A. Dance

BODYTRAFFIC has emerged as a force on the concert dance scene. It’s become a talk-about for its fierce performances in original repertoire by today’s top contemporary choreographers

by Nancy Wozny, June 2014

BODYTRAFFIC dance finds a clear lane

Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett have one of the most talked-about companies nationwide, BODYTRAFFIC.

by Laura Bleiberg, July 27, 2013

Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch 2013

In a city known more for its multi-million-dollar movies than its dance, the eye-catching movement of the L.A.–based repertory company BODYTRAFFIC is making its voice heard.

by Elena Hecht, January 2013