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Son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and singer Margalit Oved, BARAK MARSHALL is one of Israel’s most celebrated choreographers. Three years after accidentally starting to dance at the age of 26, his company appeared at the prestigious 1998 Paris Bagnolet Competition where it swept the awards before going to tour throughout Europe – including performances at the Lyon Bienale de la Danse and Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris.
In 1999, Ohad Naharin invited Barak to become the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer where he created several works before a severe leg injury forced him to leave dance completely. In 2008, the Suzanne Dellal Centre invited commissioned Marshall to create his first work in seven years, marking the beginning of an artistic partnership that continues today. His last three works for the Centre – Monger, Rooster, and Wonderland – have received rave reviews and been performed over 200 times, including appearances at the Montpellier Dance Festival, London’s Dance Umbrella, Jacob’s Pillow, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Switzerland’s STEPS Festival, Holland Dance Festival, Lyon’s Maison de la Danse as well as in China, Spain, Romania, Italy, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and South Korea.
In 2012 he created a new work for BODYTRAFFIC that premiered at New York’s Joyce Theater as well as new creations for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Brazil’s Cisne Negro Dance Company.
Marshall is also a singer of Middle Eastern and classical music, and has appeared as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project as well as with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and the Yuval Ron Ensemble. Marshall has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Joyce Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D. Show, and is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant for a new music production with Margalit Oved and Balkan Beat Box. In 2013 he will be creating several new works, including a commission for London’s Rambert Company. Barak Marshall studied philosophy at Harvard University and splits his time between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.