DUE TO THE DIRECT EFFECTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, BODYTRAFFIC’S 2020 SUMMER PROGRAM (for adults 18+) IS CANCELLED.
We are committed to mentoring and sharing our work with dancers at all stages in their careers. We would still love the opportunity to work with you this summer so we are expanding our 2020 (VIRTUAL) INTENSIVE to include artists who are/were selected to participate in our 2020 Summer Program. For more information please visit: 2020 (VIRTUAL) INTENSIVE.
Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett are pleased to announce BODYTRAFFIC’s 2020 Summer Program with international guest artists: YI-CHUN LIU (Peeping Tom/Countertechnique), ERIC GAUTHIER (Gauthier Dance), MARIO BERMUDEZ GILL and CATHERINE COURY (Marcat Dance) and JOSEPH KUDRA (Sidi Larbi) at Loyola Marymount University.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This month-long intensive comprised of technique, improvisation, repertory, and the creative process is designed to empower advanced/professional dancers and choreographers (18+) to have artistic and technical breakthroughs, as well as, provides networking and community building opportunities.
Week 1 | June 29-July 3
BODYTRAFFIC and Yi-Chun Liu (Countertechnique and Peeping Tom)
Week 2 | July 7–11 (Tuesday through Saturday)
Eric Gauthier (Gauthier Dance/Stuttgart Theatre Haus)
Week 3 | July 13–17
Mario Bermudez Gil and Catherine Coury (Marcat Co-Founders)
Week 4 | July 20-24
BODYTRAFFIC and Joseph Kudra (Sidi Larbi)
WEEK 1 | BODYTRAFFIC and YI-CHUN LIU
Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3
Week One will include morning ballet classes with Artistic Associate Guzmán Rosado and Countertechnique with certified instructor Yi-Chun Liu. The afternoons will include exploration of Peeping Tom repertory/creative process.
9:30-11:15 | Ballet with BODYTRAFFIC Artistic Associate Guzmán Rosado
11:15-1:00 | Countertechnique
2:00-4:30 | Peeping Tom-inspired Creative Process
WEEK 2 | GAUTHIER DANCE
Tuesday, July 7 – Saturday, July 11
Week Two is total immersion in the world of Gauthier Dance.
9:30-11:00 | Technique with Eric Gauthier
1:00-1:00 | Existing Repertory with Eric Gauthier
2:00-4:30 | Creative Process with Eric Gauthier
Video: Gauthier Dance
WEEK 3 | MARCAT DANCE
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17
Week Three will comprise of warm-up and existing Marcat repertory with Catherine Coury (certified Gaga instructor) and an exploration of the movement qualities and concepts of Mario Bermudez Gil.
9:30-10:45 | Gaga with Catherine Coury
11:00-12:30 | Marcat Repertory with Catherine Coury
1:30-2:30 | Lunch
2:30-4:30 | Creative Process with Mario Bermundez Gil
Video: Marcat Dance “Alanda”
WEEK 4 | BODYTRAFFIC and JOSEPH KUDRA
Tuesday, July 20 – Saturday, July 24
During Week 4, work intimately for 5 days with BODYTRAFFIC Director and Company Members during the morning sessions and dive into the world of Sidi Larbi during afternoon sessions with Joseph Kudra.
9:30-11:30 | Ballet
11:30-1:00 | BODYTRAFFIC Repertory
2:00-3:00 | Sidi Larbi-Inspired Improvisation
3:00-4:30 | Sidi Larbi Repertory
Video: Joseph Kudra
1. Submit $30 Application Fee via PayPal by clicking on the turquoise application fee button below. Please note that materials will not be reviewed until the application fee has been processed.
2. Email VIDEO statement of interest indicating which week(s) you are applying for, along with supporting materials such as: headshot, body shot, resume, biography, and video links to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Video length and content is not specified, indicating how the applicant would like to be perceived.
BODYTRAFFIC has rolling admissions/there is no deadline for submissions. Applications will be accepted until the Summer Program is at capacity. We will post on our website when the Summer Program is full and no longer accepting applications.
$700 | one week
$1350 | two weeks
$1950 | three weeks
$2500 | entire program
Selected participants are required to submit a non-refundable security deposit in order to hold their space.
$300 | one week
$500 | two weeks
$700 | three weeks
$900 | entire program
Full-tuition and partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded to exceptional contemporary dancers between ages of 18 and 24. Only dancers who are enrolling in all 4 weeks are eligible. To be considered for a scholarship, send the following along with your application: video statement (NOT a written statement) of financial need, proof of age, and 2 letters of recommendation. Scholarship applications are due on or before April 15, 2020. Scholarship applicants will be notified of financial aid status on or before April 30, 2020.
Participants are responsible for their own accommodations during the Summer Program. BODYTRAFFIC provides a comprehensive list of housing resources in our WELCOME PACKET that is sent to all confirmed participants and is available upon request.
BODYTRAFFIC seeks a videographer to film participants and edit the footage into weekly 1-3 minute promotional videos. The ideal candidate will have basic knowledge of Lightroom and/or Photoshop, a good eye, creative brain, collaborative spirit, video camera with high-quality lenses, have formal training/education/experience with cinematography, ability to edit and meet deadlines, and a friendly disposition. This opportunity is a chance to gain experience, build your reel, and is an unpaid internship. To apply for the PHOTO/VIDEO INTERNSHIP, please send your CV, portfolio, and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to: Lillian@bodytraffic.com
A responsible dancer who has a clean driving record, up-to-date vehicle registration and insurance with a comfortable, reliable car can participate in the Summer Program in exchange for services. Responsibilities include transporting artists, light cleaning duties, and doing miscellaneous tasks including preparing and printing materials and merchandise sale. Due to the nature of this position, the selected intern/work-study person may miss some of the workshop and/or have truncated breaks. To apply for the intern/work-study position, please send application materials and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to: Lillian@bodytraffic.com
ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS
Catherine Coury is a performer and the creative assistant of Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil, co-founder and manager of Marcat Dance, as well as a Gaga Teacher (Movement language of Ohad Naharin/Batsheva Dance Company) and Ilan Lev Practitioner. In 2019 Catherine was awarded “Best Dancer” from Certamen Coreografico Distrito de Tetuan, Madrid. Dedicated to dance education, Catherine frequently teaches at conservatories, universities, and companies around the world and in 2019 launched the first ever Study Abroad Program for the University of Michigan (USA) in Spain in partnership with Marcat Dance. Prior to Marcat Dance, Catherine lived and worked in New York City for five years freelancing with choreographers Shen Wei, Shannon Gillen, Andrea Miller, and Loni Landon. As a performer she toured internationally in venues including the Lincoln Center (NYC), Art Basel (Miami), Festival de Danse (Cannes), and Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre (Moscow), among others. As a dance administrator, Catherine played an integral role in the development of Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance and The Playground NYC. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Catherine received her BFA from the University of Michigan.
MARIO BERMUDEZ GIL
Mario Bermudez Gil, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Marcat Dance, is a prolific creator who has developed a recognizable movement language known for its dynamic physicality and long-lasting emotional impact. His highly acclaimed works and commissions are performed by Marcat Dance as well as other leading dance companies around the world including the National Dance Company of Spain, the National Dance Company of Wales, Flamenco Star Eva Yerbabuena, Hung Dance Taiwan, Nuovo Balleto di Toscana BDT, and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Prior to Marcat Dance, Mario was a company member of Tel Aviv based Batsheva Dance Company (2012-2016). With Batsheva he performed work by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Hofesh Shechter, and Roy Assaf, and danced in prestigious theaters around the world including the Opera National de Paris (Paris, France), Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.). From 2010-2012 Mario was based in New York City and danced with Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance and Jennifer Muller/The Works. His training began at age 20 when he studied at Centro Andaluz de Danza in Sevilla, Spain from 2008-2010.
Joseph Kudra was born in Chicago, Illinois and began his education at the American Dance Center at the age of nine under the direction of Jack and Kathleen Villari. As a professional dancer, he has worked in various companies such as River North Chicago Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, Ate9 Dance Company and most recently with Aszure Barton & Artists. Kudra danced in the works of choreographers such as Danielle Agami, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Andonis Foniadakis, Emanuel Gat, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Anton Lachky, Arthur Pita, Crystal Pite, Victor Quijada, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegel and Jo Stromgren. In 2017, Kudra joined Eastman as a replacement dancer in Satyagrahaand then as a dancer in Pelléas et Mélisande , an opera directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. In 2018 he joined Ballet Flanders.