A fluid look at gravity through performance | Melissa Barak

A fluid look at gravity through performance | Melissa Barak

Talking about gravity is so difficult. It remains such an abstract concept, usually described by math and physics. Yet you’re feeling it right now, and we’re all feeling it, as humans. Melissa thinks about the effects of gravity, and has created a piece in a very different gravity (in this case, Mars). How else can we visualize gravity, and try to understand it. Maybe as dance? Maybe from a distant planet?

Melissa Barak was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She trained at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for eight years. In the Fall of 1997 she was accepted into the School of American Ballet’s year round program in New York on the Janice Levin Scholarship and joined the New York City Ballet as a full company member in 1998. Ms. Barak has achieved a multitude of accomplishments as both a professional ballet dancer and choreographer. She was invited by Peter Martins, director of the New York City Ballet, to participate in the first New York Choreographic Institute. The piece she created impressed him so that he commissioned her to choreograph a ballet for the School of American Ballet’s June workshop performance. The ballet she made, Telemann Overture Suite, was met with critical acclaim. Mr. Martins brought Telemann into the company’s repertoire the very next season and immediately asked her to choreograph again, this time on the company.

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January 4, 2017