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BodyTraffic, a Los Angeles dance company, to make Penn State premiere Jan. 26

In its Penn State debut at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Eisenhower Auditorium, Los Angeles-based dance troupe BodyTraffic will perform a number of works, including “o2Joy” by Richard Siegal. Credit: Christopher DugganAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Los Angeles Times critic described BodyTraffic as “one of the most talked-about young companies, not just in L.A. but nationwide.” In its first performance at Penn State — at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Eisenhower Auditorium — “the company of the future” (the Joyce Theater Foundation) will perform a selection of dances by its growing roster of affiliated international choreographers.

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation is scheduled to include “Beyond the Edge of the Frame” by Sidra Bell, excerpts of “Fragile Dwellings” by Stijn Celis, “A Million Voices” by Matthew Neenan, “George & Zalman” by Ohad Naharin and “o2Joy” by Richard Siegal.

Founded in 2007 by artistic directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BodyTraffic has been heralded for helping to establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance.

“Dubbed one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’ … the repertory company is known for its versatility, bringing vivid theatricality to a range of provocative works commissioned from some of today’s most dynamic choreographers,” wrote a Boston Globe reviewer.

Watch a preview of BodyTraffic. Credit: Selby Artists Management

The company has performed at high-profile festivals and venues across the continent — including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance, American Dance Festival, Annenberg Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The troupe also visited Israel and Jordan as part of the DanceMotion USA tour produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

For more information, visit Center for the Performing Arts online or call 814-863-0255.

Geisinger sponsors the Penn State performance.

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Last Updated December 14, 2018