Photo of Belinda Lutes by Marc Rouyer
Body Current Dance is a Los Angeles based project dance company, performing the work of artistic director, Lorin Johnson. Since BCD's founding in 2009, BCD has performed at the Laguna Dance Festival, Celebrate Dance 2010, the Los Angeles Dance Iniviational 2011, and the So Cal Dance Invitational 2012, receiving positive reviews in the press.
Recent Projects BCD performed Social Domain in the Dance Bistro dance festival, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, May 24, 2013. Social Domain, created collaboratively by Lorin Johnson, choreographer, and Gregory Crosby, video animator, explores aspects of contemporary identity through representations in social media. Social Domain seeks to investigate society’s current relationship to social media in terms of truth, lies and the boundaries between public and private discourse.
September 2012: So Cal Dance Invitational
August 2011: Los Angeles Dance Invitational
February 2011: workshop at the Colburn School, Los Angeles
May 2009: Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Irvine
November 2008: SOLA Dance Festival, Torrance
September 2008: Laguna Dance Festival (Community outdoor performances)
BCD Dancers 2013
BCD Dancers 2009-12
2011 Elegy (What Rises Can Fall)
2010 My Breath Comes Differently
Lorin Johnson, Artistic Director danced with the San Francisco Ballet from 1986-1987 and joined the American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Johnson danced for ABT until 1995, performing eight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and working with some of the 20th centuries most influential choreographers: Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet, Agnes DeMille, Glen Tetley, Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, and Jerome Robbins, among many others.
Described as "dynamic" and "electrifying," Johnson's choreographic work has been commissioned by such companies as South Bay Ballet, Ventura County Ballet, and Festival Ballet Theatre. His choreography has been presented in the Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival in Florence, Italy; Celebrate Dance 2010; the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Invitational Dance Festival; the Laguna Dance Festival; SOLA; and the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs. He has been artist in residence at Skidmore College in New York, and at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in Southern California, and he has choreographed on the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company for the Ballet Pacifica Academy production of The Nutcracker. Sergio Trombetta, the dance critic for Danza & Danza , wrote that Johnson's premiere for the 2003 Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival, Moto-Bio: Bodies in Movement, was “a work of extraordinary interest,” and the Glendale News Press reported that Johnson's My Breath Comes Differently was the "best performance of the evening" in Celebrate Dance 2010.
Johnson is currently an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in ballet technique and composition.