Valley Performing Arts Center

The Wallis Presents BODYTRAFFIC

Thursday, May 31, 2018



Thursday, May 31, 2018


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Wallis Presents BODYTRAFFIC


The Wallis
9390 N Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA


BODYTRAFFIC, among L.A.’s most invigorating and thought-provoking contemporary dance companies, makes its Wallis debut in three evenings of compelling dance, featuring the world premiere of A Million Voices, set to eight smoldering Peggy Lee songs, by Matthew Neenan, former principal dancer of Pennsylvania Ballet and co-founder of BalletX. BODYTRAFFIC’s program will take place on Thursday, May 31, Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, 2018, 7:30 pm. A talk-back with members of the company will immediately follow the performance on May 31.

Also featured is an excerpt by Stijn Celis from Fragile Dwellings, dedicated to the homeless in Los Angeles and set to music by Arvo Pärt and Pierre Boulez. Additionally, the eclectic program includes Beyond the Edge of the Frame by Sidra Bell, choreographed to “My Head is Slowly Exploding” from Perc’s debut album Wicker & Steel, which synthesizes the worlds of design, fashion and spectatorship and explores the complexities of the human condition; Georgie and Zalman by Ohad Naharin; and Richard Siegal’s, o2Joy, an exuberant homage to American jazz standards and the expression of joy through movement set to music by Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson and Count Bassie, among other jazz legends. The company’s debut appearance at The Wallis caps BODYTRAFFIC’s 10th Anniversary season and an international tour to more than 20 cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and The Hague.

BODYTRAFFIC, which has helped establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance, bursts with “invention, attitude and urban edge” (The Boston Globe) and “sheer animal magnetism” (San Francisco Weekly). Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, recruiting great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance by distinctive choreographic voices. The company was named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, and “Best of Culture” by the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC was selected by the Obama Administration to be cultural ambassadors for the United States 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. BODYTRAFFIC has also served as cultural ambassadors for the United States in South Korea (2016) and Algeria (2017).

Single tickets for the performance are now available for $45 - $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 310.746.4000, or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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