Marking the first indoor dance performance since the shutdown caused by the global pandemic, on Thursday, October 14 – Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7:30 PM PT the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present one of Los Angeles’s leading contemporary dance companies BODYTRAFFIC. The company was founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett. The program at The Wallis will include works by Israeli choreographer Hoffesh Schechter; Chicago based choreographer born in Madrid, Spain, Alejandro Cerrudo; Founder of LA’s The TL Collective, Micaela Taylor; and the World Premiere of Recurrence by Toronto native and company member Ethan Colangelo. This three-night engagement concludes BODYTRAFFIC’s tenure as The Wallis’ 2019/2020 Company-in-Residency.
Hoffesh Shechter’s Dust includes six dancers performing to music composed by the Schechter himself. Dust takes a dark look at the powers that steer us in today’s society. Alejandro Cerrudo’s PACOPEPEPLUTO is a fanciful work set to music by Dean Marin, including his icon version of “That’s Amore.” Recurrence (world premiere) is a duet created by company member Ethan Colangelo. The program concludes with Micaela Taylor’s SNAP set to music by James Brown and urges us to “snap out” of the social pressure to conform. A talk-back with some of the BODYTRAFFIC dancers immediately follows the performance on October 14.
“BODYTRAFFIC’s Wallis appearance is particularly significant as this wonderful dance company is finally able to complete its Wallis residency,” says The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes. “Since Wallis residencies are a critical part of our overall artistic mission and support local artists, we wanted to ensure BODYTRAFFIC’s wasn’t cut short. We joyfully welcome the company back to our stage.”
WHAT: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Presents BODYTRAFFIC
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 14, 2021, 7:30 PM (talk-back immediately follows the performance)
Friday, October 15, 2021, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
RUN TIME: Approximately 70 minutes, including three short pauses between each piece.
TICKET PRICES AND INFORMATION: $39-99 (subject to change) TheWallis.org/BT or call 310-746-4000 (Monday – Friday, 10 am to 6 pm)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to current health and safety variables, the engagement or select performances are subject to change, postponement or cancellation.
The health and safety of patrons, staff and artists inside and outside the venue are a top priority for The Wallis. All audience members attending indoor performances will be required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry at The Wallis, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the attending their performance date. In addition, all patrons regardless of vaccination status will be required to properly wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth upon entering The Wallis’ indoor spaces and for the duration of their visit. The Wallis’ health and safety protocols are also subject to change at the venue’s sole discretion or in accordance with LA County and City of Beverly Hills regulations. For The Wallis’ current safety updates and protocols, please visit https://thewallis.org/safetyindoors.
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Written by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.
Featured image: BODYTRAFFIC – Photo courtesy of BODYTRAFFIC