Here are 3 sections taken from a larger work called “Monger” by Barak Marshall. Marshall was a resident choreographer for the famous Israeli contemporary dance Company, Batshevea Dance Company, directed by Ohad Narin

The original piece is much longer and these pieces only give a taste of the choreography. The movement language is an interesting mix of contemporary dance styles such a hip hop, jazz, and Middle Eastern movement, sound and even theatre, Also there is a big influence of Israeli “folk” dance and music which also adds to the richness of the piece.

What I like about this work is the narrative element. Marshall is not afraid to tell a story and have the dancers interact with one another through dance/acting. This isn’t so obvious in these selections since they are danced out of context. I find this interaction a welcome change from a lot of contemporary dance where dancers dance together in a more impersonal way.

The dancing is strong and energetic.. I like how Marshall has fused all the elements together into a narrative dance piece.

I hope you like it to, take a look and pass it on!


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