9 July 2019
Melissa Barak’s Ballet Company, Barak Ballet, is becoming a staple at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Since 2013, they have been appearing annually and she has continually delivered her talent and creativity to her home town. A native Santa Monican, she is now one of America’s foremost rising female choreographers. Ms. Barak spent a decade dancing for New York City Ballet and choreographing for the School and Company of American Ballet at age 22. And her tenacity has paid off.
On the program were three new works, the first being choreographed by South African born Andi Schermoly, entitled “Within Without,” which explores the pain women endure when a pregnancy does not come to fruition; featuring Julia Erickson, Zachary Guthier and Stephanie Kim, to several haunting and beautiful pieces of music by Vivaldi, The Chopin Project and an operatic vocal solo “Cessate, omai cessate,” it begins with a fervent female solo, very nicely done.
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