Artist in Residence
Son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and singer Margalit Oved, Barak is the former house choreographer of the Bat Sheva Dance Company and one of Israel’s most celebrated dance artists. His first work received first prize at the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s Shades of Dance Choreography Competition. Three years later his company appeared at the prestigious 1998 Paris Bagnolet Competition where it swept the awards before going to tour Europe—including performances at Lyon’s Biennale de la Danse and Theatre de la Bastille in Paris. In 1999, Ohad Naharin invited Barak to become the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer. In 2001 a severe leg injury forced him to leave dance. In 2008 the Suzanne Dellal Centre asked him to return to Israel, marking the beginning of an artistic partnership which resulted in the creation of the critically acclaimed works Monger, Rooster (co-produced by the Israeli Opera) and Wonderland. Barak has also created works for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Ballet Junior de Geneve, Cisne Negro, Bodytraffic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London’s Rambert Dance Company. Barak’s works have been presented throughout Israel, Europe, Asia and North America including performances at Montpellier 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 as well as shows in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Greece, Italy and Germany. Barak is also a singer of Middle Eastern and classical music and has 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. 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. Barak studied social theory and philosophy at Harvard University and currently splits his time between Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.