Juilliard grad Lillian Barbeito, Tina Berkett and their contemporary troupe take dance to new heights in Aiken! Named "the company of the future" by The Joyce Theater Foundation, included in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2013, and awarded Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, this young company is already internationally recognized for the supremely high quality of their work.
About the Artist
BODYTRAFFIC is helping to establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC recruits talent from around the globe. The young company is already internationally recognized for the high quality of its work. The Joyce Theater Foundation named BODYTRAFFIC “the company of the future,” Dance Magazine put it on its “25 to Watch in 2013” list, and the Los Angeles Times listed it as a “Best of Culture.”
BODYTRAFFIC’s repertory includes works by an eclectic range of young choreographers who mix ballet and break dancing, Motown and Shakespeare, and who set their creations to music that ranges from the Gershwins to Haydn and Bach to “Danny Boy” and Jewish love songs.
BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences throughout North America at such venues as the Joyce Theater in New York, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires, Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Laguna Dance Festival and the Broad Stage in California, Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, and American Dance Festival in North Carolina. BODYTRAFFIC has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its opening night gala conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
In 2015 BODYTRAFFIC was selected to participate in DanceMotion USA, a cultural diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State that is produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The program supports U.S. foreign policy by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance.
The company’s artistic directors are Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett. Barbeito is a native of Santa Fe, where she trained with the Santa Fe Dance Foundation and worked with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Southwest Ballet, and the Santa Fe Opera. She received a BFA from The Juilliard School and has had an extensive performance career as a dancer. She has taught internationally for, among many others, CalArts, Lyon Opera Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, and UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. She is one of only fifteen teachers certified to teach Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique.
Berkett grew up in New York City, where she trained under Michele Cuccaro Cain and graduated from Barnard College. She then joined Aszure Barton & Artists and performed with the company throughout the United States, including at the Jacob’s Pillow and Spoleto festivals. Berkett became Barton’s assistant and taught alongside her both in the United States and abroad. Berkett also is a founding member of Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance.