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BODYTRAFFIC dance company to perform on VPAC stage on March 22

February 27, 2024, 7:45 am

The Vail Valley Foundation recently issued the following press release on renowned BODYTRAFFIC dance company performing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday, March 22:

Movement — both physical and conceptual — is the only common language shared by all humankind. Internationally acclaimed BODYTRAFFIC, a dance company based in Los Angeles, seeks to elevate dance beyond an artform to a mode of exploration and celebration of ideas and spirit through shared language. The troupe is known for its bold, enigmatic movements. See the company perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. 

“If I were to describe BODYTRAFFIC in one word, it would be versatile,” says Cameron Morgan, the VPAC’s executive director. “In their program at the VPAC, these artists will explore love and heartbreak, the indomitable human spirit, and our ever-transforming humanity through four distinct ballets whose mesmerizing movement spans classical, contemporary, modern dance and dance theater.”

The evening’s program includes a new piece called “The Act of Becoming,” which the VPAC helped bring to fruition. 

“The VPAC is honored to support BODYTRAFFIC through the co-commissioning of ‘The Act of Becoming,’” Morgan says. “It is a privilege to contribute to the creation of new artistic works in this way, and I’m excited for our community to witness this new ballet’s Colorado premiere.”

“The Act of Becoming” is set to Ravel’s iconic Bolero. Spanish choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan reimagines the goliath orchestral work and tells a story about the journey of transformation. The piece serves as a reminder that powerful artistic expressions can awaken something dormant within us, activating the courage to continue the search for home in our ever-changing selves.

The evening’s program also includes “Bioquea’o,” choregraphed by Joan Rodriquez. Set to original music by Pedro Osuna, the piece premiered in 2023. Using the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis as its backdrop, Bloquea’o calls on and admires the persistence of the human spirit to create a home when it is taken away. Rodriguez’s synthesis of Folklorico and contemporary influences epitomizes what it means to carry home with you wherever you go. 

In “Blue Until June,” which choreographer Trey McIntyre created for The Washington Ballet in 2000, L.A. native and singing icon Etta James lends her soulful voice as the dancers capture the innate desperation of the blues. 

The evening concludes with “Danke Schoen” (excerpt from Rooster), set to music by Wayne Newton. The piece follows the story of one hapless young man as he fitfully dreams one night. Called sad, funny and moving, the enchanting work captivates audiences. Choreographed by Barak Marshall, the piece was originally created for Barak Marshall Dance Theatre Company and premiered in Israel in 2009.

BODYTRAFFIC: Bolero by Fernando Hernando Magadan is part of VPAC’s Pick 3/5/8 winter ticket package. For more information about VPAC’s schedule and to purchase tickets, visit vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497.

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