Choreographer Barak Marshall describes his Israeli dance company bridging cultures with their performances which include Arabic singing and music. Moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe.
Excerpt from PillowTalk: 21st Century Renaissance Man recorded July 10, 2010.
PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Curated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen and moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.
Contemporary dance historian and dance writer Maura Keefe is a Scholar-in-Residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. She has led audience engagement programs at numerous locations including Princeton University, UCLA, the Goethe Institut, City Center and DANCECleveland. Her current research areas are the exploration of the choreography of talking dancing in contemporary dance and the relationships between dance
and sports. Keefe has an MFA in choreography and performance from Smith College, and a PhD in dance history and theory from University of California, Riverside. She is the chair of the Department of Dance at SUNY College at Brockport.
American choreographer and musician Barak Marshall is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. After studying social theory and philosophy at Harvard University, Marshall immigrated to Israel in 1994. Invited by Ohad Naharin to become Batsheva Dance Company's first-ever house choreographer Marshall has created multiple works for Batsheva as well as for Inbal Dance Theatre, Philadanco, MDT Dance Company, and Austria's ABCD Dance Company. Marshall's own dance theatre work MONGER, set to music by Balkan Beat Box, Handel, Verdi, and National Public Radio's The Yiddish Radio Project, opened the 2008 International Tel Aviv Dance Festival and premiered in the US at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Asked by the Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership to create a new choreographic/dance course Marshall established a program between the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance and the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. In addition to his work in dance, Marshall is a singer of Middle Eastern and Rock music. He was invited by Yo-Yo Ma to sing as a soloist with The Silk Road Ensemble and performs as a guest vocalist with Yuval Ron Ensemble.
Marshall is a recent recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Grant (New York) for his new music production, Symphony of Tin Cans, with Margalit Oved and Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box. Barak Marshall Website