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 Center, the company was immersed in culture and felt what it is to be a part of Acadiana.
After building relationships through outreach projects, Tina FinkelmanBerkett, Artistic Director of BODYTRAFFIC, expressed how powerful and personal it was to perform and recognize many of the faces in the crowd. She 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.
Choreographic works of Barak Marshall, Victor Quijada, and Richard Siegalhave instilled inspiration, passion, and undeniable emotion in the professional dancers of BODYTRAFFIC. This week, throughout BODYTRAFFIC’s residency in Lafayette, the unique energy and spirit of this organization was felt through multiple outreach projects.
BODYTRAFFIC hosted three master classes for aspiring dancers and visited a PACE 2nd grade classroom of students at Prairie Elementary, but their passion for movement and self-awareness was felt in the purest form when the organization hosted a movement therapy class for patients of the Miles Perret Cancer Center.
BODYTRAFFIC, in conjunction with Clare Cook, founder of Lafayette’s Clare Cook Dance Theater, provided patients of all ages with more than a dance class. Through physical expression, human touch, and release of emotional movement, the experience provided the patients a time to see through the fog of illness and be present in a lively and zealous occasion. For a few moments, there was no talk of illness or chemotherapy, no feelings of fight or exhaustion, no whisper of the word cancer; only positive, healing, emotionally present human beings enjoying one of the most simple things in life that can be taken for granted: movement.
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.
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
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.
Victor’s work eloquently re-imagines, de-constructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. A magnetic and expansive dancer, by age 26, Victor had moved from the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with internationally-acclaimed postmodern and ballet dance companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Since creating RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002, Victor has choreographed over 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and as commissions, and has toured with his company across North America, and in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. He has over a dozen film credits to his name either as choreographer, director, or dramaturge. Victor received the Bonnie Bird North-American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Awards Choreographic Fellowship in 2010. From 2007 to 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.
Founder and artistic director of The Bakery, has generated international attention for a body of work that includes music, visual media, choreography, performance, and publications. He has been commissioned by festivals and venues, including Festival d’Automne, Rencontres Chorégraphiques, Ircam, Centre Pompidou, YCAM, Tanz im August, Ballett Frankfurt, Danspace Project, and Théâtre National de Chaillot. Richard’s work with musicians has led to collaborations with Eric-Maria Couturier, Wolfgang Zamistil, Arto Lindsay, Lorenzo Bianchi, and Hubert Machnik.
Collaborations with architects and designers include François Roche, Didier Faustino, Virginie Mira, Peter Zuspan, and Alexander Kada for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. As a curator, faculty member, or resident artist, he has worked with ZKM/Karlsruhe, Bennington College, American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the annual Forsythe Festival. His work has been recognized worldwide and has received The Mouson Award from Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, the S.A.C.D. Prize from Monaco Dance Forum, a Beaumarchais, and The German National Theater “Der Faust” Award. Richard is a MacDowell fellow and honorary member of The Bolshoi Ballet’s Benoit de la Danse.
BODYTRAFFIC is known for dynamic theatricality and refreshing abandon. Based in Los Angeles and founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC 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. As an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, audiences are enveloped by the company’s sheer joy of dance. Known for commissioning today’s most distinctive choreographers, BODYTRAFFIC’s Lafayette debut will include works by Barak Marshall, Victor Quijada and Richard Siegal.
Education and Outreach Schedule
Thursday, March 3, 2016
BODYTRAFFIC will hold two master classes for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Dance Department. This event is closed to the public.
Master Class — This event is open to the public
Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 5-6:30pm
$5, or free with pre-purchase ticket to BODYTRAFFIC Performance
AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater
Named by Dance Magazine as one of the 25 to watch, BODYTRAFFIC is a L.A. -based contemporary dance company known for its unique repertoire. This class will incorporate a short warm-up and the opportunity to learn sections of the company’s diverse repertory by some of the most distinctive choreographic voices today. To register contact Paige Krause at paige@AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org/337.233.7060 ex. 232
Friday, March 4, 2016
BODYTRAFFIC will work with a 2nd grade PACE (AcA’s year-round arts residency program) classroom at Prairie Elementary. This event is closed to the public.
Friday, March 4, 2016
In collaboration with Clare Cook Dance, BODYTRAFFIC will guide a movement therapy class with Miles Perret Cancer Services. This event is closed to the public.
The month of February marks Black History Month, or National African American History Month—an annual celebration of the achievements and major role of African Americans in U.S. history.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are a southern gospel group whose music is deeply rooted in African-American History. In the 1940s and 1950s, The Blind Boys of Alabama toured throughout the South during the Jim Crow era and flourished thanks to their unique sound. In the early 1960s, the band sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and were part of the soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement.
Songs such as “Free At Last,” and collaborations “We Shall Overcome,” and “This May Be the Last Time,” were influenced by the marches, protests and tragedies of 50 years ago.
On February 23 and 24, The Blind Boys of Alabama take AcA’s Moncus Theater Stage with the Crecent City’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band for a joyous night of Southern spiritual music and New Orleans rhythms that brings the listener Down By The Riverside. Featuring individual band performances, as well as on-stage collaborations, the DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE tour finds these two legendary artists sharing the stage for the first time.