2017-18 Guest Artists

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  • Barak Marshall

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Barak Marshall is the son of Margalit Oved, acclaimed choreographer, musician, and former star of the Inbal Dance Theatre Company,.
    Since his unintended entrance into the world of dance in 1995, Barak quickly established himself as one of Israel’s most innovative and unique voices. His first work, ‘Aunt Leah’, won 1st prize at the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s Shades of Dance Choreography Competition while ‘‘Emma Goldman’s Wedding’, was chosen for inclusion in the 1998 Bagnolet International Choreography Competition in Paris where it took first prize. The piece also received the the Prix d’Auteur, the Bonnie Byrd Award and the ADAMI Award.
    Barak’s company went on to tour extensively throughout Europe including performances at Lyon’s Biennale de la Danse, the Holland Dance Festival, Paris’ Théâtre de la Bastille and Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

    Since 2008, Barak’s works have been presented over 800 times throughout Israel, Europe, Asia, and North America. Performances have taken place at a number of storied locations including Montepellier Danse, Sadler’s Wells, Maison de la Danse, the Joyce Theater, the Banff Centre, the Holland Dance Festival, the Sibiu Festival, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, the Annenberg Center, White Bird, Place des Artes de Montreal, Dance Umbrella UK, Jacob’s Pillow, Switzerland’s STEPS Festival, and the Diana Vishneva Festival in Moscow.

    Barak has also created works for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Ballet Rambert, Cisne Negro, BodyTraffic and Ballet Junior de Genève. He is the recipient of the Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Choreography as well as a Creative Capital Grant for a new music production with Margalit Oved and Balkan Beat Box.
    In 1999, Barak was invited by Ohad Naharin to become the Bat Sheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer. He created several works for both the junior and senior companies before a broken leg in 2001 forced an early retirement from the stage.

    In 2008, the Suzanne Dellal Centre commissioned Barak to create ‘Monger’ which was his first work in seven years. The following year, Suzanne Dellal and the Israeli Opera co-commissioned Barak to create ‘Rooster’, a work for twelve dancers, an opera singer, and acclaimed dancer Margalit Oved. In 2011 the Centre commissioned Barak to create ‘Wonderland: Part 1’.

    In 2012 he was commissioned by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create the opening piece for their Gala Celebration to music by John Adams. At Suzanne Dellal’s 2014 International Exposure Festival, the evening-length version of ‘Wonderland’ was premiered by the Inbal Dance Theatre Company. Barak and the company also received a grant from the Israeli National Lottery to create the new work ‘1973’ which premiered in January 2015.

    In addition to his dance career, Barak is also a singer of Middle Eastern and classical music, having 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 AWARD Show.
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  • Christina Bodie

    Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Christina studied in the professional division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, later going on to attend the Juilliard School in New York City, where she graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
    Upon graduation, Christina kicked off her professional career with a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Foundation before joining the Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. After two seasons with Koresh, Christina returned to Canada in 2007 to join Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal , where she performed for eight seasons. In June 2015, Christina relocated to Los Angeles to join the contemporary dance company BodyTraffic.
    Christina has performed in television productions and special events for Cirque du Soleil, L'Oreal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Black Fawn Films, and Radio Canada. Throughout her career, she has performed the works of renowned choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Robert Battle, Hofesh Shechter, Aszure Barton, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Cayetano Soto, Mauro Bigonzetti and Andonis Foniadakis.
    In addition to performing, Christina is also passionate about teaching. She teaches master classes globally and has served on guest faculty for organizations such as Regional Dance America, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Long Beach Ballet, Windward School, Greater Washington Dance Center, Montreal Dance Network and Le Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Dance.
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  • Francisco Gella

    Francisco Gella has established a distinguished career spanning over twenty years as a professional dancer, choreographer, and artistic director in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance. Since his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year, he has grown into a respected dance educator known for his award-winning choreography. Francisco's innovative and inspirational teaching methods are currently sought after by a number of universities, schools, and dance companies worldwide.
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  • Hai Cohen

    Hai Cohen is a native of Beer-Sheva, Israel. His professional training began at Bat-Dor dance school where he was a recipient of the American-Israeli Cultural Scholarship, awarded to the country’s top dance students. Continuing dance training with Bat-Sheva Dance Company, he became a member of the Kamea Contemporary Dance Company, toured internationally with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and has taught Kibbutz repertory worldwide. Cohen’s choreography talents have also propelled his students to first place at the Young America Grand Prix.
    From 2010-2013, he performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall alongside the LA Philharmonic, the Joyce Theatre in New York City, and with LA-based contemporary dance company BodyTraffic. Cohen joined the faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2011 and has also performed as a freelance guest artist at various dance schools throughout Southern California. Thanks to his choreography talents, his students took first place at the Young America Grand Prix
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  • Lindsey Matheis

    Lindsey Matheis is from North Carolina and trained primarily at UNC School of the Arts as well as LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake, Alvin Ailey, Hubbard Street, SF Conservatory, and the Batsheva Dance Company.

    Upon completion of the LINES Ballet training program in 2009, she joined Northwest Dance Project under the directorship of Sarah Slipper. There, she performed original roles in works by Danielle Agami, Patrick Delcroix, Gregory Dolbashian, Loni Landon, Andrea Miller, Jiří Pokorný, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Ihsan Rustem, Didy Veldman, Kate Wallich, Wen Wei Wang, Yin Yue, Edgar Zendejas, and others. In 2015, she joined the LA-based contemporary dance company BodyTraffic.
    Lindsey’s choreography has been commissioned for the Northwest Dance Project, SALT Contemporary Dance, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Brigham Young University, and Western Washington University. Her work has been presented by multiple dance festivals including Chop Shop, Dance +, and Men in Dance. She has also produced and directed three independent dance festivals in Portland, Oregon, one of which was named “Best in Dance 2013” by the Willamette Weekly.
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  • Yusha Marie Sorzano

    Originally from Trinidad, Ms. Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, The Miami Conservatory, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II.

    Ms.Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, BodyTraffic, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Additionally, she has performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millipied’s LA Dance Project.

    Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers, Ulysses Dove, Dianne McIntyre, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Ron K Brown. She has also been fortunate to work with a range of talented and notable recording artists including Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Destiny’s Child, and Rihanna.

    Yusha has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars”, a cast member of Chicago’s acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” When not performing Ms. Sorzano enjoys teaching dance throughout the country as well as internationally.
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Past Guest Artists

List of 17 items.

  • Andrew Winghart


  • Christopher Bordenave

  • Christopher Bordenave

  • Erica Robson

  • Genna Moroni

  • Hector Mercado

  • Helene Phillips

  • Holly Rothschild

  • James Gregg

  • James Patric Moran

  • Jodi Gates

  • Leslie Scott

  • Norbert de la Cruz III

  • Sara Von Gillern

  • Thang Dao


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