BODYTRAFFIC

September 21st | 8:00pm | Pulaski Technical College

The Center for Humanities & Arts (CHARTS)
3300 W. Scenic Dr., North Little Rock


BODYTRAFFIC, a world-class contemporary dance company born in Los Angeles, CA, is known internationally for its contagious vivacity and high caliber work. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC continues to push boundaries through its deep commitment to producing acclaimed works by distinctive choreographic voices. BODYTRAFFIC is home to an exceptionally versatile family of world-renowned dancers who have trained with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and more.
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ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett

 COMPANY MEMBERS

Tina Finkelman Berkett, Joseph Davis, Haley Heckethorn,
Myles Lavallee, Guzmán Rosado, Jamal White 

COMPANY MANAGER

Callen Gosselin

 ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Guzmán Rosado

 PRODUCTION MANAGER

Burke Wilmore

 REPRESENTATION

Margaret Selby

President, Selby/Artists Mgmt

212.382.3260| mselby@selbyartistsmgmt.com


Program

(d)elusive minds (BODYTRAFFIC American Premiere)

CHOREOGRAPHY and SET DESIGN: Fernando Hernando Magadan

CHOREOGRAPHER’s ASSISTANT: Katherine Cowie and Dominic Santia

MUSIC: Schubert / Trio Pour Piano, Violon Et Violoncelle En Mi Bemol, Op. 100

MUSIC and SOUND EDITION: Fernando Hernando Magadan

COMPOSITION: Fernando Hernando Magadan and Harmen Straatman

TEXT: Inspired by All the stories by Dora García’s Inserts in Real Time

LIGHTING DESIGN: Peter Lemmens

PERFORMERS: Tina Finkelman Berkett and Guzmán Rosado

PREMIERE: November 13th 2014 – Korzo/NDT

**(d)elusive minds is an original Korzo production in collaboration with Nederlands Dans Theater

 

(d)elusive minds is based on the true story of Santiago, a mental health patient with Capgras Delusion, a type of Schizophrenia where the person becomes convinced that a family member has been replaced by an identical imposter. In a delusional fit, Santiago killed his wife, whom he deeply loved. For the following fifteen years he spent in prison, he wrote a letter to his wife every single day, convinced she was still alive. Today he is still looking for his wife. Inspired by this story and many other extraordinary stories, this work explores the line between reality and fiction, health and insanity, and the deceiving characteristics of appearances.

 

–PAUSE—

 

Snap (World Premiere)

CHOREOGRAPHY: Micaela Taylor

LIGHTING DESIGN: Burke Wilmore

COSTUME DESIGN: BODYTRAFFIC

MUSIC: James Brown

ORIGINAL MUSIC and SOUND EDITION: SCHOCKE

 

Snap was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

General Operating Support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

 

Snap was made possible with lead support by:
Renae Williams Niles and Greg Niles, the Allen and Anita Kohl Charitable Foundation, The Norris and Debra Bishton Foundation, Pat & Carol Kinsella, and Catharine Soros.

Snap’s costumes were generously underwritten by Harold I. Huttas & Scott A. McPhail in honor of Renae Williams Niles’ birthday.

 

–INTERMISSION—

 

Resolve (West Coast Premiere)

CHOREOGRAPHY: Wewolf

LIGHTING DESIGN: Burke Wilmore

MUSIC: DJ Tennis

PERFORMERS: Joseph Davis and Guzmán Rosado

PREMIERE: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2019

 

This work was generously underwritten by Nigel Lythgoe OBE.

 

– PAUSE –

 

A Million Voices

CHOREOGRAPHY: Matthew Neenan

MUSIC: Performed by Peggy Lee; composed by Robert Sour & Una Mae Carlisle, Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen, C. Farrow, Irving Berlin, Mike Stoller & Jerry Leiber, Adrian Zing & Benny Goodman, Arthur Hamilton

LIGHTING DESIGN: Burke Wilmore

COSTUMES: BODYTRAFFIC

PERFORMERS: Tina Berkett, Joseph Davis, Haley Heckethorn, Myles Lavallee, Guzmán Rosado, Jamal White

PREMIERE: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, California, 2018

 

A Million Voices is inspired by the great music of Peggy Lee. Lee’s music, in response to the political climate of her time, reminds us that even during dark times, life is worth enjoying.

 

This work was made possible in part by Made in Wickenburg Residency Program at Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts with funding from the RH Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wellik Foundation, WESTAF and Benner-Nawman.

 

 

ABOUT BODYTRAFFIC

BODYTRAFFIC creates world class dance in Los Angeles, by commissioning distinctive choreographic works for its company of exceptional dancers. BODYTRAFFIC shares its love and reverence to dance around the globe through versatile performances, extensive outreach offerings, and inspiring educational programs. Over its 12 years of existence, BODYTRAFFIC has pushed boundaries to establish Los Angeles as a cultural center for dance, and founders and artistic directors Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett are deeply committed to preserving BODYTRAFFIC at the forefront of the concert dance world.

 

Named “the company of the future” and “one of the most talked-about companies – not just in LA, but nationwide” by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high caliber work and palpable love of dance. BODYTRAFFIC is home to an exceptionally versatile family of world-renowned dancers who have trained with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, School of American Ballet, and more.

 

BODYTRAFFIC’s diverse repertory includes original works by McArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, Stijn Celis, Fernando Magadan, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Matthew Neenan, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, Michaela Taylor, Wewolf, and many more incredible choreographers. BODYTRAFFIC seamlessly pays homage to traditional styles and techniques, while forging the way for contemporary dance of today. 

 

BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world. In 2016, BODYTRAFFIC made its Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In 2017-2018, the company celebrated its 10th season with an international tour to more than 20 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg for the CONTEXT Diana Vishneva Festival, and The Hague, Netherlands for The Holland Dance Festival. The season culminated with performances at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, where BODYTRAFFIC is honored to currently be the company-in-residence.

 

BODYTRAFFIC’s extensive outreach and education program touches lives at home in Los Angeles and throughout the world.  The company’s artistic directors and dancers provide training opportunities for pre-professional and professional dancers, as well as, customized dance experiences for people of all walks of life, with an emphasis on sharing with underserved populations.

 

In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC was selected by the Obama Administration to be cultural ambassadors of the United States to Israel and Jordan via DanceMotion USA, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program that supports United States foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance. Produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), DanceMotion USA is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. BODYTRAFFIC has also served as cultural ambassadors of the United States in South Korea (2016), Algeria (2017-2018), and Indonesia (2018).  

 

BODYTRAFFIC has received generous support from the Annenberg Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, The National Dance Project, The Princess Grace Foundation, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Whizin Support Foundation, American Jewish University, Loyola Marymount University, and The Agency.

 

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BIOGRAPHIES

 

Artistic Directors

 

LILLIAN BARBEITO has a BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America for her essay on the world dancing together in harmony. Lillian had an extensive performance career that began in Santa Fe, New Mexico and took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett. She is passionate about mentoring dancers of all ages and abilities and has taught internationally for organizations such as CalArts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L’Ecole de Danse de Quebec, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and Loyola Marymount University where is currently on faculty. Lillian is one of 32 teachers in the world who is certified in Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, and professional dance companies throughout the US and Canada. Lillian is deeply grateful to her family, especially Grant, Oliver, and Forest, for their love and support.

 

TINA FINKELMAN BERKETT grew up in New York City. Under the tutelage of Michele Cuccaro Cain, she trained and learned to love dance. Tina attended Stuyvesant High School and Barnard College, Columbia University where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in math and economics. Upon graduation, she joined Aszure Barton & Artists and performed with the company throughout the United States, including at Jacob’s Pillow and Spoleto festivals. Tina became Aszure Barton’s assistant and taught alongside Barton both in the US and abroad. She had the incredible honor of being a founding member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, where she also served as the company’s dancer liaison. In 2007, Tina moved to Los Angeles and founded BODYTRAFFIC with Lillian Barbeito. Tina often says BODYTRAFFIC is “the dream come true, that [she] never knew she had.”  She is so thankful for the past 12 years and feels incredibly in debt to all who have played a part in this incredible journey.  In particular, Tina must thank her family and her son Jack for being her greatest inspirations and supports.

 

GUZMÁN ROSADO (Artistic Associate) started dancing at the International School of Dance of Carmen Roche Scaena in Madrid on a scholarship sponsored by the Ministerio de Cultura de Madrid. Guzmán danced with Ballet Joven de Carmen Roche until 1999, when he was offered a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet (SAB). After his time at SAB, Edward Villella invited him to dance with Miami City Ballet. From 2002 to 2007, Guzmán danced with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo. In 2007, with André Mesquita and Teresa Alves da Silva, Guzmán co-founded Tok’Art, a cultural platform.  He has performed extensively as a guest artist throughout Europe.  He teaches ballet, yoga, and movement workshops. Guzmán is currently BODYTRAFFIC’s resident filmmaker and has won awards for his film work. Guzmán joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.

 

Choreographers

FERNANDO HERNANDO MAGADAN is a Spanish dancer and choreographer who originally trained as a professional gymnast becoming a National Champion. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid and the London Studio Centre before enrolling at the Central School of Ballet in London. After dancing for one year in Santamaria Compañia de Danza, he joined the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in 2001, and was later nominated for ‘Outstanding Male Artist’ in the Modern Dance category at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2003. Fernando was invited to join the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 2004, where he danced until 2011. As a choreographer, Fernando has created several works, including pieces for NDT 1 and 2, the Curve Foundation Dance Company (Scotland), Luna Negra Dance Theater (Chicago), Cross Connection Ballet Company (Copenhagen), Ballet Mainz (Germany), Donlon Dance Company (Saarbruecken), Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Ballet BC (Vancouver), Korzo Theater (The Hague). He choreographed Nierka, a multidisciplinary show by visual designer Tupac Martir, which premiered in London in 2012. Fernando collaborates with the NDT Education Department and has coordinated the NDT choreographic workshop Switch for several years. Between August 2014 and December 2016, he returned to dance with NDT 1. 

Fernando is currently in his second season as director of Nederlands Dans Theater 2.

 

MATTHEW NEENAN began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he was also named Choreographer in Residence. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Met, Oklahoma City Ballet, Juilliard Dance, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Sacramento Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Indiana University, Opera Philadelphia, and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (NYC), among others. He has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Choo San Goh Foundation, and the Independence Foundation. Matthew has been honored to receive the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005, Matthew co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox and is now the resident dance company at the prestigious Wilma Theatre.

 

MICAELA TAYLOR is a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer from Los Angeles, CA, where she trained at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, 2014. She has worked and performed with BODYTRAFFIC, Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, and Kate Wallich. Her choreographic passion led her to found Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, The TL Collective in 2016. Her individual movement style of Hip Hop combined with contemporary technique has led her to find a new way for people to move which is best described as Contemporary/Pop. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach for LA Contemporary Dance Company, AMDA College, Springboard Danse Montreal, MoveNYC, Cal State Long Beach, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Her work has been presented at Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center, ACE Hotel, Raymond Kabaaz Theatre, Grand Performances, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. She is the recipient of the Inaugural EMERGE Choreographic Award and has choreographed for Gibney Dance Company.

Micaela’s commission for BODYTRAFFIC has been awarded a New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project grant, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

 

WEWOLF is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary dance collective that is focused on creating and working on different projects that bring their methods of dance and visual arts together. Even though RubberLegz and James Gregg are from different backgrounds, they have the same views on the way they see dance and how they want to translate their two voices into one cohesive choreographic method. The mix of Rubberlegz’s self-made abstract break technique with James’s background in contemporary, ballet, and urban dance has created a new visually dynamic style of movement. This language has made a splash in not only the dance community, but with creators in many different genres of the arts. Wewolf is interested in pushing boundaries in their work yet at the same time inspiring people worldwide with their creativity. They are a fusion of urban and contemporary dance like you have never seen before.

 

Performers

 

JOSEPH DAVIS was born and raised in the beautiful hills of upstate New York, and can be easily identified from a distance by his cacophonous laughter. He began his studies at The Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York and continued his training at The Juilliard School on a tuition scholarship from New York City Dance Alliance, where he received his BFA under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Joseph has had the opportunity to perform works of Jíri Kylián, Crystal Pite, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Kyle Abraham, Shannon Gillen, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Camille A. Brown, Joeri Dubbe and Sylvain Emard. He has also performed with Brian Brooks Moving Company at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance festival, and in Kate Weare’s residency at BAM Fisher Hall.
Joe joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2016.

 

HALEY HECKETHORN was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She trained at Bunker Dance Center as well as at Las Vegas Academy. In 2013 she moved to Vancouver, Canada to join the Arts Umbrella dance diploma program under the direction of Artemis Gordon. While there, she performed works by Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Cayetano Soto, Lesley Telford, and Nacho Duato. Haley participated in Crystal Pite’s young choreographers’ program and received an emerging artist scholarship from RBC’s Canada Council. In 2016 she joined Pite’s Kidd Pivot as an apprentice, and has also performed with Peter Chu’s Chuthis.
Haley joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2018.

 

MYLES LAVALLEE was born and raised in sunny Phoenix, AZ.  He attended Arizona School for the Arts before moving to NYC his senior year to join the School of American Ballet (SAB). After studying at SAB for two years, Myles joined Ballet Arizona in 2011, where he danced Balanchine ballets (soloist and principal roles), the cavalier in the Nutcracker, Tybalt and Benvoleo in Romeo and Juliet, and originated roles in Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Second to Last” as well as many works by director Ib Andersen. After four seasons, Myles moved to Montreal to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Highlights over his two seasons there include working with Ohad Naharin, Stephan Thosse, Shen Wei, and performing works by Jiri Kylian (solo in Kaguyahime), as well as Jean Christophe Maillot. In 2016 Myles moved back to the United States to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Over his two seasons with Hubbard Street he  performed works by Crystal Pite, Peter Chu, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Ohad, Lou Conte, Robin Mineko Williams, Alejandro Cerrudo, Osneal Delagado, Rena Butler, Alice Klock, Emma Portner, and Lil Buck & Jon Boogz. 

Myles is very excited to be back home on the west coast and starting his first season with BODYTRAFFIC.

 

JAMAL WHITE was raised in Atlanta, GA and began his training at Dance Makers of Atlanta under the direction of Denise and Lynise Heard. He studied as a scholarship student at Virginia School of the Arts and trained in intensive programs at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and London Contemporary Dance School. In 2011, Jamal received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, where he performed works by Arthur Mitchell, George Balanchine, Pascal Rioult, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, and Martha Graham. He has also performed in Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Collage Dance Collective. Jamal was a dancer for Ailey II prior to joining BODYTRAFFIC.

Jamal joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2017.

 

Production Team

 

BURKE WILMORE (Production Manager & Lighting Designer) is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an honors graduate of Wesleyan University. He has designed or adapted seven works for BODYTRAFFIC and has also lit the work of Camille A. Brown (Black Girl: Linguistic Play, Mr. Tol E. Rance, City of Rain). He was the resident designer for Battleworks (2001–2010) and to date has lit five of Robert Battle’s works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. For American Repertory Ballet, he lit Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. He frequently collaborates with Broadway star André de Shields, for whom he lit the Louis Armstrong musical Ambassador Satch, and designed scenery and lighting for de Shields’ production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.  Mr. Wilmore designed scenery and lighting for Apollo Club Harlem, and Ellington at Christmas, both at the Apollo Theater. Burke has worked with BODYTRAFFIC since 2012.

BOARD of DIRECTORS

Kate Beyda
Mehrnaz Javid
Paul Lester
Rachel Webber
Lesley Wolman

ADVISORY BOARD

Jamie Bishton
Glenn Edgerton
Dale Franzen
Jane Jelenko
Glorya Kaufman
Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch
Nigel Lythgoe OBE
E. Randol Schoenberg
Chad Smith
Renae Williams Niles