It’s been our mission to find work that is undeniably beautiful and that allows people to find passion, belief, and escape through artistic forms. Through the BODYTRAFFIC Residency at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, expectations were far exceeded. 

Serving as a breakthrough for dance in the Acadiana area, BODYTRAFFIC served the community through a beautiful performance and by interacting with residents through various outreach projects. From teaching three master classes to visiting Prairie Elementary School and the Miles Perret Cancer Centerthe company was immersed in culture and felt what it is to be a part of Acadiana. 

After building relationships through outreach projects, Tina Finkelman Berkett, Artistic Director of BODYTRAFFIC, expressed how powerful and personal it was to perform and recognize many of the faces in the crowdShe mentioned that the energy was different; more personal; and that the dancers could feel that on stage.

BODYTRAFFIC’s tour stop in Lafayette proved to be not only a performance, but also an immersion of culture and a precursor for change in the local dance community. The company was impacted by southern hospitality, community connection, and passion for art in all forms. The Acadiana Center for the Arts could not be more grateful for BODYTRAFFIC’s professionalism and level of engagement as stewards in our city, and we look forward to hosting the company again in the future.


A Repertory From Today’s Most Distinctive Choreographers

BODYTRAFFIC is known for dynamic theatricality and refreshing abandon. The company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013 and the “company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation. Known for commissioning today’s most distinctive choreographers, BODYTRAFFIC’s Lafayette debut will include works by Barak Marshall, Victor Quijada and Richard Siegal.



Choreography: Victor Quijada

Victor’s work is known for eloquently re-imagining, de-constructing, applying choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, and examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics.


Choreography: Barak Marshall

And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square… is based in part on a true story about a family of eight sisters and one brother who were neighbors of my mother’s family in Aden, Yemen. The house they lived in became known as “The Burning House” because of the fighting, screaming and cursing that was heard from it at all hours of the day and night. It is a morality tale filled with dark humor that tells the story of how jealousy doomed all nine of the family’s children to a life filled with rage, unhappiness and loneliness. The soundtrack is comprised primarily of Jewish love songs and hymns from the Yiddish, Ladino and Yemenite traditions. —Barak Marshall



Choreography: Richard Siegal

o2Joy is a playful, contemporary dance piece set to great American jazz music. The work is ballet based, peppered with syncopated hip-hop, and drenched in light-hearted humor. As its’ title suggests, o2Joy is an expression of sheer joy through music and movement.



Check out BODYTRAFFIC’s performance at AcA March 5th at 7:30pm.

Experience Season 5

AcA Season 5

Here on Vermilion Street we’ve unveiled our 5th season and we couldn’t be more thrilled! A season filled with fantastic musicians, composers, dancers, visual artists, acrobats and much more showcases  the many dimensions of creativity in Acadiana. We can’t wait  for you to experience it.

Incredible AllStar artists will take our Moncus Theater stage in the coming months for a series of intimate performances you won’t forget. Alabama soul stars St. Paul and the Broken Bones will get everybody dancing so we are transforming our theater into a partial standing room; old school Country star Lee Ann Womack brings a new Album named best country album of the year by Rolling Stone Mag; and Shovels & Rope, with their haunting vocal harmonies are also stopping over with a new album in their bags.

Our Louisiana Crossroads series features artists such as Buddy Guy, Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell, George Porter Jr & Runnin’ Pardners and The Blind Boys of Alabama, a lineup that highlights nuances of Southern music. Our Crossroads series also includes special performances featuring local artists exploring the field recordings of Alan Lomax and the unmistakeable fingerprint of gospel music.


With a world-class jazz lineup, we think it’s important to create a cool club atmosphere for you to experience the vibrant history of jazz music. We transform our acoustically perfect Moncus Theater into a table seating arrangement, so you are able to connect with 16-time Grammy winning jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera, whose artistry with Latin Jazz has yielded over 30 solo albums. Fred Hersch, a piano prodigy of unbounded imagination and ambition will thrill you and the New Orleans father-son duo Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis brings their hard- swinging band to AcA.


In dance and theater, Los Angeles based BODYTRAFFIC takes our stage after a three-day residency, for a performance that has helped to establish Los Angeles as a growing center for contemporary dance. Local theater groups, The Teasippers’ Theatre Company and Acting Up (in acadiana), return to our stage to delight their audiences once again with their rich performances.

We have so much to show you, and can’t wait to see you experience the arts right here in Acadiana. Check out the full lineup for AcA’s Season 5 at

Great Opportunities for Artists and Organizations

The mission of Acadiana Center for the Arts is to foster arts and culture in the community. In keeping with that mission, we have fantastic opportunities for local artists and organizations alike. With public art projects like ArtBox, ArtSpark artist stipends, and grant programs like DAF FY 2016, AcA provides a wealth of opportunities for local artists and organizations and in that becomes a genuine steward of the arts in Acadiana.


ArtBox Call to Artists

The Application deadline for the ArtBox Project is quickly approaching and we need the help of local visual artists to transform the traffic boxes around Lafayette into beautiful pieces of public art. The goal of the ArtBox Project is to create pieces of public art that represent our city, its people and our culture, giving our community a sense of place.

To be eligible, an applicant must be an individual or organization (school, community group, etc) residing in Lafayette Parish. Organizations will require a single contact person.

Download the ArtBox Project Guidelines here.

Download the ArtBox Project Application here.
In partnership with Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) and Lafayette Convention and Visitors Center (LCVC), the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is managing ArtBox in a multi-phase project.

There is a $500 honorarium for selected artwork!


ArtSpark Stipend Program for Artists
LEDA and Acadiana Center for the Arts have come together to present an individual artist stipend program, ArtSpark. The purpose of ArtSpark is to directly support artists in Acadiana, especially to those with otherwise limited opportunities, to expand their bodies of work as a professional. These stipends offer assistance to emerging, mid-career, and mature artists for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and their development.

*Application deadline April 17th, 2015.*

Download the ArtSpark Guidelines here.

Download the ArtSpark Application here.

ArtSpark Assistance Workshop


DAF FY 2016
Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) is an arts grant program created and funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. The Acadiana Center for the Arts administers this statewide, parish-by-parish program for Region 4, which includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts organizations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools and schools boards, colleges and universities, as well as individuals using a fiscal agent.

Application deadline is Friday, June 19, 2015 for projects taking place between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016

For more information on DAF FY 2016, visit