We hope to have the pleasure of your company Saturday, November 10th for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and live classical music to help support acclaimed choreographer Melissa Barak's new contemporary ballet company, the Barak Ballet. Proceeds raised will go towards an exciting pre-launch performance in February which will present recent choreographic works by Darrell Moultrie, Frank Chavez, Christopher Wheeldon, and a premiere by Melissa Barak.
The evening's sponsors include: The Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, Tallarico Vodka, Barre, and La Conversation. A co-production of Humberto Capiro Melissa Barak, was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She trained at the Westside School of Ballet for eight years. In 1997 she entered the School of American Ballet in New York and joined the New York City Ballet as a company member in 1998. Melissa has been awarded the Mae L. Wien and Choo San Goh Awards for Choreography and was named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. She has had numerous articles written about her in such publications as Pointe Magazine, Dance Spirit, TimeOut NY, ELLEgirl, Angeleno, LA Times Magazine to name a few, and appeared on the nationally televised CBS Early Show in 2002. She has created new works for American Repertory Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet as well as the National Choreographer’s Initiative and several New York Choreographic Institutes. In 2009 and 2010, she was invited to return to the New York City Ballet where she created two more works.Her dancing credits with New York City Ballet include Fairy Carabosse from Sleeping Beauty, Coffee from the Nutcracker, and Russian pas de deux from Swan Lake. In 2007, Barak joined the very new Los Angeles Ballet and danced lead roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Kammermusik No. 2, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto among others. She has worked closely with choreographic notables Alexei Ratmansky and Elliot Feld. The highly esteemed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon created principal roles for her in his Rhapsodie Fantaisie, and Klavier.
The Barak Ballet is dedicated to two major objectives: creating new and exciting dance works by today's most talented choreographers, and maintaining a company culture conducive to drawing full artistic and creative potential from its dancers. The Barak Ballet is founded upon philosophies deeply rooted in the importance of the human spirit, true collaboration, individuality, and artistic maturity. Barak Ballet will lead by example as it ushers in each new generation of art and dance artists.
The Barak Ballet is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.