Lillian Barbeito is the Artist in Residence of the 2017 Dance and Movement Workshop for Dance Educators.
Lillian Barbeito is the Co-Director of BODYTRAFFIC. She has a BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America. Lillian is one of 28 people in the world who is certified to teach Anouk Van Dijk’s revolutionary Countertechnique. She leads BODYTRAFFIC’s extensive outreach and education program that provides training opportunities for pre-professionals and customized dance experiences for underserved populations around the globe. In addition to directing BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett, the most fulfilling parts of Lillian’s life are her marriage to filmmaker Grant Barbeito and her two boys, Oliver and Forest. She is currently on faculty at Loyola Marymount University.
Founded in 2007 by Lillian 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. Current touring repertory includes works by MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Stijn Celis, Anton Lachky, Barak Marshall, Joshua L. Peugh, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter and Richard Siegal.
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, the company is internationally recognized for their high quality of work. The Los Angeles Times says BODYTRAFFIC is “one of the most talked-about young companies – not just in LA, but nationwide”.
BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals all across the United States, as well as in Canada, Israel, Jordan, and South Korea. In 2012, BODYTRAFFIC performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its opening night gala conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; and, in 2014, the company collaborated with sculptor Gustavo Godoy for a site-specific endeavor at The Music Center. In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC was selected to be cultural ambassadors for the United States via DanceMotion USA℠. DanceMotion USA℠ is a dynamic cultural diplomacy program that supports United States foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance. And in 2016, BODYTRAFFIC had its company debut at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.