ROOSTER by Barak Marshall

Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre

A co-production of The Suzanne Dellal Centre

and The Israeli OperaPremiered: 12- 13 November, 2009 - The Israeli Opera - Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center

- Tel Aviv Dance 2009.



This work is based on I.L. Peretz’s Bontscha the Silent, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

as well as several stories from the Bible and Yemenite folklore.   Performed at:

The Performing Arts Centre -Tel Aviv , Suzanne Dellal Centre - Tel Aviv, Minsk (Belarus), Festival Sibiu (Romania), Belgrade Dance Festival (Serbia), Modafe Festival Seoul (Korea) , Montpellier Festival (France), Villa Adriana Roma (Italy), Gabala Festival (Azerbaijan), Masion de la Danse - Lyon (France), Netherland Dance Festival , Taiwan International Festival of Arts, Diana Vishneva Festival, Moscow (Russia),  Ein HaShofet / Haifa / Hetzlyia / Hof HaCarmel / Karmiel

 / Tel Aviv University (Israel)


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Barak Marshall is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. Since his accidental entrance into dance in 1995, Barak established himself as one of Israeli dance’s most innovative and unique voices. His first work, Aunt Leah, won first prize at the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s Shades of Dance Choreography Competition.

In 1998, his work Emma Goldman’s Wedding was chosen to participate in the Bagnolet International Competition in Paris where it swept the awards--winning first prize, the Prix d’Auteur, the Bonnie Byrd Award and the ADAMI Award.

His company went on to tour extensively throughout Europe, including performances at Lyon’s Bienale de la Danse, Paris’ Theatre de laBastille and Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

In 1999, Barak was invited by Ohad Naharin to become the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer; he created several works for both the junior and senior companies before severely breaking his leg in 2001 and leaving dance completely.

In 2008, Barak the Suzanne Dellal Centre invited Barak to return to Israel to create Monger, is first work in seven years. Following success of Monger, in 2009 Barak was co-commissioned by the Suzanne Dellal Centre and the Israeli Opera to create Rooster, a work for twelve dancers, an opera singer and his mother, Margalit Oved.

Both works Monger and Rooster have toured throughout Israel, Europe, Asia and the United States. Barak Marshall has been comissioned by Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (Canada) and Rambert (United Kingdom) among others.

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. This year his work received first prize at the Joyce Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D. Show held in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant for a new music production with Margalit Oved and the Balkan Beat Box.

Barak studied social theory and philosophy at Harvard University.
Since 2014, he is the Artistic Director of the Inbal Dance Company.

The work begins at 10 pm, ends at dawn and traces the dream of the main character who is victimized by the jealousies and cruelties of others in his constant attempt to find love.

Produced by The Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre and the Israeli Opera.
Credits: Story

Choreographer: Barak Marshall

Assistant to the Choreographer: Osnat Kelner
Music: Collage edited by Barak Marshall & Giori Politi
Costume Designer: Maor Zabar
Set Designer: Sergey Berezin
Lighting Designer: Felice Ross
Producer: Michal Mor-Haim

Duration: 60 minutes
Cast: 12 Dancers, 1 Opera singer

This work is supported by Ruth and Dr. Boaz Barak.
This work is also made possible through the generous support of Mr. Martin Peretz.
Special thanks to Taisha Paggett.

“As always, this work is dedicated to my parents, Mel and Margalit Oved Marshall, for teaching me that the only answer to cruelty is kindness and that the only path to happiness is happiness.” (Barak Marshall)


Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre – Tel Aviv

Yair Vardi - Director

Claudio Kogon - Deputy Director
Rachel Grodjinovsky - Foreign Affairs
Vicky Somech - Book Keeper
Michal Mor-Haim - Scheduling & Production Manager
Avi Evan - Graphic Designer
Michael Dellal - Marketing Manager
Jacob Beresy - Chief Electrician, Lighting Designer
Miki Patish - Soundman
Sergei Berezin - Maintenance Manager
Galit Peri - Box Office Manager
Ben Shimnuberg - Box Office Responsible

Shades in Dance

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