As the winner of our Choreography Festival’s Paid Engagement Award in 2016, Melissa Barak brings her stellar company back to McCallum with an exciting program of contemporary ballet, including her winning piece, Eos Chasma. An abstract ballet originally created when the Curiosity rover landed on Mars, Eos Chasma intrigues and impresses. As an artist, Barak is drawn to cross-pollination. A recent collaboration with NASA’s The Jet Propulsion Laboratory featured a performance of the dance and a discussion between Barak and a JPL engineer on how art and science inform each other. Barak, born and raised in Los Angeles, has achieved a multitude of accomplishments as a professional ballet dancer and choreographer. While dancing with the New York City Ballet (1998 – 2007), she began exploring her choreographic talents and established her LA-based company in 2013.  This dynamic program features several dances en pointe and off, as well as interaction with the choreographer herself.


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