In this talk Gill Clarke talks with Barak Marshall about his cultural and academic roots, and how they inform his work. The conversation covers Barak’s crossing of geographical borders between US and Israel, working as musician, singer and choreographer.
In discussing Barak’s influences, they talk about his accidental entrance into dance, despite being the son of a Yemeni prima ballerina. He draws on influences from Yemeni culture and Middle Eastern heritage, Pina Bausch and his family. He talks about his preference to work with large ensembles, which allows for a Kibbutz inspired community.
The discussion journeys towards the diaspora in Israeli culture in London and lastly the political element of Barak’s work – in spoken word and in movement.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2010.
The son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved, Barak Marshall was born and raised in Los Angeles and immigrated to Israel in 1994.
He established his place in the dance world in 1995, and has since won numerous awards including Prix d’Auteur Award, Bonnie Bird Award for New Choreography and National ADAMI Award. Marshall has created several works for international dance companies including the Batsheva Ensemble and MDT Dance Company. He has appeared in the prestigious RomaEuropa and Arci Milano festivals to rave reviews and his work Emma Goldman’s Wedding, created for the 1997 Curtain-Up Festival, was invited to perform throughout Europe as part of Israel’s 50th anniversary.
In addition to his work in dance, Marshall is a singer of Middle Eastern and Rock music performing with acclaimed composers, musicians and orchestras. In 2007, he became artistic director of the Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership.
As published in 2010.