Born and raised in Los Angeles, Barak Marshall is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. Since his accidental entrance into dance in 1995, Barak established himself as one of Israeli dance’s most innovative and unique voices. His first work, Aunt Leah, won first prize at the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s Shades of Dance Choreography Competition. In 1998, his work Emma Goldman’s Wedding was chosen to participate in the Bagnolet International Competition in Paris where it swept the awards--winning first prize, the Prix d’Auteur, the Bonnie Byrd Award and the ADAMI Award. His company went on to tour extensively throughout Europe, including performances at Lyon’s Bienale de la Danse, Paris’ Theatre de la Bastille and Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
In 1999, Barak was invited by Ohad Naharin to become the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer; he created several works for both the junior and senior companies before severely breaking his leg in 2001 and leaving dance completely. In 2008, Barak the Suzanne Dellal Centre invited Barak to return to Israel to created Monger—his first work in seven years. Following success of Monger, in 2009 Barak was co-commissioned by the Suzanne Dellal Centre and the Israeli Opera to create Rooster, a work for twelve dancers, an opera singer and Margalit Oved.
Both Monger and Rooster works have toured throughout Israel, Europe, Asia and the United States including performances at the Montepellier Festival, Dance Umbrella UK, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Holland Dance Festival, Lyon’s Maison de la Danse, Switzerland’s STEPS Festival as well as in China, Spain, Romania, Italy, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and South Korea. Barak’s latest work for Suzanne Dellal, Wonderland, premiered November 2011. In 2012 Barak created new works for Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC as well as new works Les Ballets Jazz du Montreal and Brazil’s Cisne Negro Dance Company. He was also commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Centre to create a new work for the orchestra’s opening gala evening. In 2013 Barak will be creating a new work for Rambert Dance Company in London
Barak is also a singer of Middle Eastern and classical music and has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. In 2011 his work received first prize at the Joyce Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D. Show held in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant for a new music production with Margalit Oved and Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box. Barak studied social theory and philosophy at Harvard University. He splits his time between Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.
Selected Press Quotes and Reviews
“You can tune an orchestra to his voice.”
“Barak Marshall is a true auteur, a fully-fledged choreographer, with a powerful style and a unique voice. His work is muscular, original, fevered, carried by excellent dancers, and by an internal force and an intelligence that infuse it with eloquence that is at times arresting.”
Le Nouvel Observateur
“Barak Marshall has a mean power to communicate through dance and physical theatre. His choreography is everything we wanted it to be—compelling, engaging, punchy and innovative. The sixty minutes of this performance felt more like five and left us wanting more.”
Dance Ground UK
“The brutal grace of Barak Marshall.”
“Barak Marshall’s work is an absolute stunner, not because it wanders into the wide world, but for its sheer strength, recognizable character, spontaneity and youth.”
The Jerusalem Post
“An excellent, intelligent and humorous creation...Monger resonates like a non-stop, groundbreaking and highly coherent speech...a raging marathon of the senses performed by a wonderful group of dancers.”
“This tongue-in-cheek wild dance is a beauty, bursting with energy and human passions. It employs a unique vocabulary that synergizes ethnic spirit with contemporary perceptions of the body.”
The Jerusalem Post
“A highly original work danced by ten virtuosic dancers. The power of the piece lies in its original movement language and theatricality...The result is unique, refreshing and powerful.”
“A remarkable soundtrack, fantastic choreography filled with surprising and
funny theatricality…charming and filled with emotional grace.”
“Barak Marshall has a natural and appealing ability, like controlled white water.”
The Jerusalem Post
“Marshall has fast established himself as a refreshing antidote to the contemporary dance doldrums.”
Paris Free Voice
“His style is very personal. The dance is fluid and slightly aggressive. Marshall’s work possesses a formidable joie de vivre, an enchantment, which pulls us into a magical world.”