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.