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BODYTRAFFIC Contemporary Dance Parks in Santa Monica

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After a stunning year of performances throughout the country, hometown dance heroes in BODYTRAFFIC return to the Broad Stage for only two shows this Friday and Saturday night. The company will present a world premiere created by recently awarded MacArthur Genius Grant choreographer Kyle Abraham as well as two other pieces from the company's repertory of dynamic dances created by a roster of highly respected international artists.

In this program, the ten member troupe (including company co-directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett) will feature the world premiere of Mr. Abraham's "Kollide," as well as a groundbreaking work by Israeli-American (Los Angelino) Barak Marshall entitled "And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square..." and Richard Siegal's "o2Joy."

The company had a stellar summer performing to sold-out houses in the venerable Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, last month at the ODC Theater in San Francisco and last weekend at the New York City Fall For Dance Festival. The future looks just as bright with engagements in Connecticut, Philadelphia, Virginia, Canada and more.

This company is giving Los Angeles a big boost to its national and international contemporary dance reputation which may have some terrific side effects—encouraging more creative thinkers, risk-taking movers and larger audiences to share in the excitement.

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