The Alabama Dance Festival presents
January 22, 2021, 8pm
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, known internationally for its Los Angeles-grown, contagious vivacity. Founded in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC is deeply committed to producing acclaimed works by distinctive choreographic voices, all while surging to the forefront of the contemporary dance world. 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. BODYTRAFFIC’s diverse repertory includes original works by McArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, Stijn Celis, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Matthew Neenan, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, and many more incredible choreographers. BODYTRAFFIC seamlessly pays homage to traditional styles and techniques, while forging the way for contemporary dance of today.
Tina Finkelman Berkett, Artistic Director
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.