The Politics of Dance with Barak Marshall

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.