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U.S. Premiere for MONGER at Jacob’s Pillow

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Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall’s full-length contemporary dance work, MONGER, will get its U.S. premiere July 7 to 11 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

An athletic dance-theater work for 10 dancers, MONGER fuses contemporary dance with humorous character narratives to tell the story of a group of servants trapped in the house of an abusive mistress. It was inspired in part by Jean Genet’s play The Maids and Robert Altman’s film Gosford Park.

The eclectic score includes music by Balkan Beat Box, Handel, Verdi, and Margalit Oved, the choreographer’s mother, who is a dancer and choreographer herself (she founded the Inbal Theater Dance Company) as well as a musician.

Marshall, born in Los Angeles, became the first-ever resident choreographer of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company in 1999. His company has performed at the Berlin Festival, Hamburg’s Sommertheatre Festival, the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France, and the RomaEuropa Festival. 

Tickets to MONGER range from $58 to $63. To buy them, visit jacobspillow.org or call 413.243.0745. 

The choreographer will participate at 4 p.m. July 11 in a free PillowTalk titled 21st Century Renaissance Man that will explore Marshall’s many artistic experiences and roles.

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