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BODYTRAFFIC – 2017 Summer Program

June 19 - July 21

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BODYTRAFFIC is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Program with Co-Artistic Director Lillian Barbeito and international guest artists: Sam Coren, Anouk van Dijk, Robert Dekkers, Ihsan Rustem, Yin Yue, plus filmmaker Grant Barbeito at Loyola Marymount University.


This five-week intensive is comprised of technique, improvisation, repertory, creative process, and the creation of an original dance film. It is designed for advanced/professional dancers and choreographers (18+) seeking artistic and technical breakthroughs.


Week 1 – Anouk van Dijk                                               .

Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22

10:00 – 11:45 Countertechnique Class

12:00 – 1:00 Countertechnique Tool Box

1:45 – 4:00 Chunky Move Repertory & Creation


Monday, June 26  through Saturday, July 1

Technique and Dance Film

Schedule, Locations, and More Details TBD

Week 3 – Robert Dekkers and Yin Yue

Monday, July 3 through Saturday, July 8

9:30 – 11:00 Technique

11:00 – 1:30 Repertory and Creation 

2:30 – 5:30 Repertory and Creation


Week 4 – Sam Coren

Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14

9:30 – 10:30 Hofesh Shechter improvisation methods

10:30 – 1:00 Hofesh Shechter Repertory

2:00 – 4:30 Creation

Week 5 – Ihsan Rustem 

Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21

9:30 – 11:00 Technique

11:00 – 1:00 Existing Repertory  

2:00 – 4:30 Creation


Email statement of interest indicating which week(s) you are applying for, along with supporting materials such as: head shot, body shot, resume or cv, biography, and video links to: lillian@bodytraffic.com Applications will be accepted until the program is at capacity. 

Selected participants are required to submit a non-refundable security deposit in order to hold their space. The deposit includes a one-time processing fee of $25.


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 5 weeks are eligible. To be considered for a scholarship, send the following along with your application: statement of financial need, proof of age, and 2 letters of recommendation. Scholarship applications are due on or before April 15, 2017. Scholarship applicants will be notified of financial aid status on or before April 30, 2017.



$625 | one week

$1200 | two weeks

$1725 | three weeks

$2200 | four weeks

$2625 | entire program


$250| one week

$425 | two weeks

$550 | three weeks

$750 | four weeks

$800 | entire program


Dancers who apply and are selected to participate in all five weeks will receive a $100 discount if tuition is paid in full on or before March 31st, 2017.



SAM is a performer, photographer and choreographer/director based in London. 

Sam trained at the London Contemporary Dance School obtaining BA (2009) and MA (2015) degrees in performance & choreography. As a performer Sam has has worked with some of the leading dance and theatre companies including Jasmin Vardimon Company, Ultima Vez (Monkey Sandwich R&D) and most recently spent 5 years as a senior member of Hofesh Shechter company. Other projects include working with Antony Gormley & Hofesh Shechter on the project ‘survivor’ (Barbican, 2012) and critically acclaimed opera Orpheus Et Eurydice (Royal Opera House, 2015) amongst others. He has also appeared in numerous music videos and film shorts as an actor as well as a dancer. 

In 2015 Sam established his own company ‘Dim Timbre’  to explore the creation of ‘open theatre’, work that is indefinable by genre, collaborative by effort, challenging and entertaining in performance. 

Sam is a highly experienced teacher and regularly teaches nationally an internationally at vocational training institutions and festivals, please visit the facebook page or news page for upcoming workshops or use the contact page for booking. Sam’s pedagogy also influenced by ‘open theatre‘ focusing on the training of physical characterisation, presence and performance. 


Anouk van Dijk is Artistic Director of Chunky Move, one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies, and the creator of Countertechnique.

Van Dijk spent the first ten years of her career as a prominent dancer in the Netherlands. From early on, she was attracted to the creation of performance and from 1996 committed herself exclusively to the conception, creation and performance of her own work. After running her own Amsterdam-based company for 15 years, she was appointed Artistic Director of Chunky Move (Melbourne, Australia) in 2012.

Using contemporary Australian culture, social commentary and the tension between community and the individual as its springboard, Chunky Move’s artistic vision is driven by an investigation into the multifaceted possibilities of the body and its relationship to place, context and environment. Chunky Move is defined by its unpredictability and strives to explore the many possibilities of contemporary dance through cross-genre collaborations and cultural exchange.

Anouk van Dijk’s body of work provides an insight into the many facets of the human experience through the lens of contemporary dance. Defined by a pronounced physical language, the work itself ranges from intensely physical, abstract dance productions, to raw and concrete theatrical encounters. Her multilayered approach is reflected in the works she created for Chunky Move since 2012, ranging from site-specific works such as An Act of Now (2012) and Depth of Field (2015), to collaborations with German director / playwright Falk Richter in Complexity of Belonging (2014) and Singaporean multimedia artist / film maker Ho Tzu Nyen in Anti-Gravity (2017), to works staged for more conventional theatre spaces such as 247 Days (2013) and Rule of Thirds (2016).

Countertechnique is central to the foundation of Anouk van Dijk’s work and the training of her dancers. Countertechnique is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. Through the biennial Countertechnique Teacher Trainer program, Anouk van Dijk and Master Teacher Nina Wollny trained 26 Countertechnique teachers to date, six of whom are based in the USA.

Anouk van Dijk’s workshop starts with a Countertechnique class, which stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. The class is followed by a Countertechnique Practical Tools workshop, where selected tools from the Countertechnique Toolbox are investigated in depth. After lunch, you will learn current Chunky Move repertoire, referencing the Countertechnique tools, as well as creating new movement material. The workshop will have a final presentation at the end.


Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine and dubbed a “mad genius” by Huffington Post, Robert Dekkers is founder and artistic director of Post:Ballet. Collaborating with eclectic artists to present programming that is “decidedly daring” (SF Arts Monthly) and “anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle), Robert has created a range of new works for Post:Ballet together with artists working in cinematography, architecture, visual art, graphic motion, costuming, and new music.

The company was named “Best New Dance” of San Francisco by 7×7 Magazine in 2010 and has been nominated for three Isadora Duncan Awards for performances in Dekkers’ works field the present shifts, Yours is Mine, and Sixes and Seven. Robert’s critically acclaimed trio Flutter was recently featured at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and his 2012 work for the company, Mine is Yours, premiered at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Other works for the company include Tassel (featuring an original score by Anna Meredith and presented in collaboration with The Living Earth Show); Colouring (with painter Enrique Quintero, photographer Natalia Perez, and composer Daniel Berkman); and Interference Pattern (with cinematographer Amir Jaffer).

Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi commissioned Robert to create Yours is Mine, featuring composer Jonathan Pfeffer’s “Bodega” performed live by Sonic Generator, Lushlife, and Yikes the Zero. Robert was also commissioned by Kansas City Ballet to create Reason does not know, which features an original score by Pfeffer. He has created new works for Smuin Ballet, San Jose Dance Company, San Jose State University, Southern Methodist University, and Quixotic/Fusion, where he continues to serve as guest choreographer. In 2012, Robert choreographed and directed a full-length Alice in Wonderland for Contra Costa Ballet in collaboration with composer Daniel Berkman.

Robert was resident choreographer for Novaballet from 2008-2009, and was appointed resident choreographer for Diablo Ballet in 2013. His choreography has been presented at venues including the Tanzsommer Festival (Vienna), the Ballet Builders Showcase (New York City), Against the Grain (Seattle), and West Wave Dance Festival (San Francisco).

Robert danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and Diablo Ballet. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Performance- Individual” for his 2012-13 season with Diablo Ballet, where he danced leading roles in works by choreographers including George Balanchine, José Límon, Val Caniparoli, KT Nelson, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, and Mario Radacovsky. Robert has also performed work by Twyla Tharp, August Bournonville, Maurice Causey, Lar Lubovitch, Jodie Gates, Ib Andersen, Paul Taylor, Brenda Way, and Julia Adam.

Robert is a faculty member at Berkeley Ballet Theater, and regularly teaches company classes for LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and ODC/Dance. In addition to his work as a choreographer, teacher and dancer, he holds a degree in business from Rio Salado College.


Choreographer Ihsan Rustem was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Rustem began his professional career at the age of 17, joining Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures, followed by engagements with Ballett Theater Munich (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz) and Introdans in The Netherlands. Since 2007 he has been based in Switzerland, as a founding member of the State Theater Bern Ballet and the Tanz Luzerner Theater.

During this period, Ihsan originated roles in creations by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Matthew Bourne, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Cayetano Soto, Felix Landerer, Guilherme Bothello and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others.

In 2010 Sarah Slipper invited Ihsan to Portland, Oregon USA, where he created ‘State of Matter’ for the Northwest Dance Project, a piece which went on to win both the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest and the Audience Choice Award at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover. Since 2015 Ihsan has held the position of Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project. In 2016 he was appointed Artistic Director for the Dance Art Studio Ballet School in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Rustem was the 2014 recipient of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project and a winner of Whim W’him’s Choreographic Shindig 2015. He was a featured choreographer for Russia’s TV show ‘The Bolshoi Ballet’.

To date, Ihsan has created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2 (USA), Northwest Dance Project (USA), Istanbul State Ballet MDT (Turkey), Tanz Luzerner Theater (CH), Kazan State Opera and Ballet (Russia), Whim W’Him (USA), Ballet Regensburg (DE), Würzburg Ballett (DE), National Youth Dance Company (UK), Aksanat Istanbul, Cinevox (CH), DSC Company Faenza (IT), BYU Contemporary Dance Theater (USA), BYU Theatre Ballet (USA), Interdans (BE), Palucca Schule Dresden (DE), ArtEz Dansacademie Arnhem (Highschool for the Arts Arnhem, NL) and the Dance Art Studio Luzern (CH).

Ihsan Rustem has taught workshops and classes for the Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project (Istanbul, Turkey), Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (Lisbon, Portugal), Istanbul State Ballet (Turkey), MDTistanbul Project (Turkey), Northwest Dance Project (Portland, USA), Zurich Hochschule der Künste (Switzerland), Whim W’Him (Seattle, USA), Palucca Hochschule Für Tanz (Dresden, Germany), Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), Tanz 101 Zurich, ArtEz Dansacademie (Arnhem, Netherlands), Interdans Festival (Belgium), Musical Factory (Lucerne, Switzerland) and the Dance Art Studio Lucerne.



Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she trained rigorously in technically-demanding and highly-structured Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as classical ballet technique, at the Shanghai Dance School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University, equipping her with performance credits that spanned festivals and showcases throughout China. After further pursing her MFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained recognition as a unique and exceptional talent among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique FoCo (Folk-Contemporary) Technique that soon caught the attention of the dance world. 

Yin Yue is currently a 2016 Artist In Residence at 92Y Dance Center, providing her and her company a rehearsal platform for creating new thought-provoking choreographic works. In the summer, she was awarded First Place in Choreography at the 2016 Shanghai Professional Performance Competition. Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies to create new works on the respective companies which subsequently premiered and performed on multiple platforms. She was also selected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation. Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside Out Festival, Schrittmach 2016 Festival in Aachen, Germany, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe’s Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more. 

Yin Yue was recently invited to spent 2 weeks with New Dialect dance company in Nashville as guest choreographer. She created a new work that premieres November 11 2016 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. 

Yin Yue currently holds the position of Artistic Director and residency choreographer at Jiangxi Zhongshan Dance School. Founded in 1996 and located in Nanchang in Jiangxi province in China, the school is the only private-run educational organization ranked among top Chinese professional dance schools. Its curriculum includes a 6-year Chinese dance and ballet program.


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