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Marshall's 'Monger' at UCLA Live: Homeboy Brings It Home!

Barak Marshall's "Monger" in UCLA Live's Royce Hall Fri.-Sat. April 15-16, 2011 Photo by Gadi Dagon
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Oft labeled a rising star in contemporary dance, Los Angeles-bred and European/Israeli infused choreographer Barak Marshall and UCLA Live bring a company of ten dancers to Royce Hall for two shows this weekend. Presenting the evening length physical theater work Monger, its sound score includes excerpts of Gypsy, Balkan, classical and rock music and a narrative drawn from sources such as artist/writer Bruno Shultz’ life and work, Jean Genet’sThe Maids and Robert Altman’s film Gosford Park.

Described in promotional materials as “emotionally charged, visual and theatrical [with a movement vocabulary that is] physical, sharp, fast and tempered with contemporary ethnic motifs,” Monger premiered in Tel Aviv in 2008 and, like other of Marshall’s work, has subsequently toured to many international dance venues.

Locally and recently, Marshall’s excerpts from his latest choreography, Rooster, won first prize (and $10,000) at the A.W.A.R.D. show held at REDCAT in January. This project, a New York City-originated multi-city showcase of local artists in dialog with their audiences, rewards an audience-voted dancemaker a monetary prize to support their continued creative work. A timely “victory,” Marshall studied social theory and philosophy at Harvard before immigrating to Israel in 1994 and being named the first house choreographer at the Batsheva Dance Company in 1999. Also a singer, Marshall was invited by Yo Yo Ma to perform on the Silk Road Project in 2006. Currently, he is a guest vocalist with the Yuval Ron Ensemble and received the prestigious Creative Capital Grant for his new music production Symphony of Tin Cans with Marshall’s mom, acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved and Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box.

Wow! This guy has enough cred to blow the socks off of an Arctic explorer and his youtube bites look quite interesting. Check it out (click here) and head to the campus! Please note, the Saturday show formally starts at 9 pm with an open company class/tech rehearsal/Q&A before the show.