The Castaways

‘The Castaways follows the journey of twelve souls trapped in a kind of no-man’s land – a hell of their own making. Each of the characters – the emcee, the warmonger, the three mean girls, the dreamer, the lustful Latin lovers, the jilted bride, the greedy beggar, and the naive young couple – are all victims of their own weakness and perpetuate the same vicious cycle they try to escape.’

Barak Marshall choreographer

Barak Marshall
Music arranged by:
Robert Millett
Jon Bausor
Lighting design:
Mark Henderson

Premiere: The Lowry, Salford, 9 October 2013. Dedicated to the memory of Robert Robson, 1954 - 2013, Artistic Director of The Lowry.

'Charming and witty'

Evening Express

American-born Barak Marshall has presented work across the world but rarely in the UK. Arresting, original and fevered in style, Barak made his Rambert debut in October 2013 with The Castaways. Set to a vibrant mix of traditional Yiddish music and American popular tunes from the 1950s, Barak Marshall’s The Castaways is a humorous and playful exploration of human nature.

Celebrated for his inventive choreography and witty theatricality, Barak has a truly unique style, the way he brings together popular music, inventive dance and enthralling story lines make for an unmissable spectacle.

Dancers: Miguel Altunaga, Kirill Burlov, Antonette Dayrit, Julia Gillespie, Vanessa Kang, Estela Merlos, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Adam Park, Hannah Rudd, Jon Savage, Kym Sojourna & Stephen Wright.

Dancers: Adam Park, Julia Gillespie, Antonette Dayrit, Miguel Altunaga, Kirill Burlov & Stephen Wright on stage at Sadler’s Wells, London.


© Daniel TchetchikBarak Marshall

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Barak Marshall is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved.  Since his accidental entrance into dance in 1995, Barak established himself as one of Israeli dance’s most innovative and unique voices.  His first work, Aunt Leah, won first prize at the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s Shades of Dance Choreography Competition.  In 1998, his work Emma Goldman’s Wedding was chosen to participate in the Bagnolet International Competition in Paris where it swept the awards–winning first prize, the Prix d’Auteur, the Bonnie Byrd Award and the ADAMI Award.  His company went on to tour extensively throughout Europe, including performances at Lyon’s Bienale de la Danse, Paris’ Theatre de la Bastille and Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

In 1999, Barak was invited by Ohad Naharin to become the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer; he created several works for both the junior and senior companies before severely breaking his leg in 2001 and leaving dance completely.  In 2008, Barak the Suzanne Dellal Centre invited Barak to return to Israel to created Monger—his first work in seven years.  Following success of Monger, in 2009 Barak was co-commissioned by the Suzanne Dellal Centre and the Israeli Opera to create Rooster, a work for twelve dancers, an opera singer and Margalit Oved.

Both Monger and Rooster works have toured throughout Israel, Europe, Asia and the United States including performances at the Montepellier Festival, Dance Umbrella UK, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Holland Dance Festival, Lyon’s Maison de la Danse, Switzerland’s STEPS Festival as well as in China, Spain, Romania, Italy, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and South Korea.  Barak’s latest work for Suzanne Dellal, Wonderland, premiered November 2011.  In 2012 Barak created new works for Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC as well as new works Les Ballets Jazz du Montreal and Brazil’s Cisne Negro Dance Company.  He was also commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Centre to create a new work for the orchestra’s opening gala evening.  In 2013 Barak will be creating a new work for Rambert Dance Company in London

Barak is also a singer of Middle Eastern and classical music and has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.  In 2011  his work received first prize at the Joyce Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D. Show held in Los Angeles.  He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant for a new music production with Margalit Oved and Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box.  Barak studied social theory and philosophy at Harvard University.  He splits his time between Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.

Robert Millett

Rob Millett has worked in many different settings since training at the Royal College of Music, including Rambert (where he has been principal percussionist for 18 years), English Touring Opera, Icebreaker, the Sixteen, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and for the West End production of ‘Lion King’. He has played vibraphone for many years with saxophonist Tony Woods, recording and co-producing his third album ‘Wind Shadows’ at his studio in west London. Other recent jazz projects include the Avalon trio, Tim Whitehead’s ‘Homemade Orchestra’ and Colin Riley’s ‘MooV’. Theatre work includes productions for the National Theatre, RSC, Open Air Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, where he was musical director for As You Like It (2009) and The Tempest (2013). Rob collaborates regularly with Oscar and Bafta winning composer Stephen Warbeck, in theatre, film, TV and with his ensemble.

Rob has composed and arranged music for many choreographers, including Aletta Collins (Bloom: Rambert national tour), Mikaela Polley (Inbox, Coast, Meridian), Mbulelo Ndabeni (Indlela) and Kirill Burlov (Apocalypse), for performances at the ROH Linbury Theatre, Clore Studio, the QEH, the Place and Sadler’s Wells. He has undertaken many community projects for Rambert, East London Dance, Candoco Dance, Richard Alston, London Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia 21, and also taught music technology for many years, which proved immensely helpful when recreating the David Tudor scores for Rambert’s performances of Rainforest and Sounddance.

© Kate MarlaisJon Bausor

Jon’s ballet and dance theatre designs include The Thief of Baghdad, Ghosts and Before the Tempest (ROH2 and Royal Opera House), A Tale of Two Cities (Northern Ballet Theatre), Scribblings (Rambert), Firebird (Bern: Ballett), Snow White in Black (Phoenix Dance), Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet), HOWL (Gallim, New York) and Mixtures (English National Ballet). His opera credits include The Knot Garden (Klangbogen, Vienna), Queen of Spades (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) and The Lighthouse (Montepulciano).

He has designed widely for theatre, including Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s, London/Russia/Canada), Hamlet, King Lear and The Winter’s Tale (RSC), The Tempest and Sanctuary (NT), The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith), The Soldier’s Tale (Old Vic), Kursk (Young Vic, Best Design, Evening Standard Awards), Scenes from the Back of Beyond (Royal Court), Lord of the Flies (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Water (Filter), Beloved (Shebbahurr, Palestine) and productions for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He designed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

Mark HendersonMark Henderson

Mark is an Associate at the Royal National Theatre and was Lighting Adviser to the Almeida Theatre. He was the recipient of the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards for Lighting Design; he was awarded a Tony in 2006, and has also received a Welsh BAFTA.

Mark has lit extensively for all the major theatre, opera and dance companies in the UK and has lit over 50 West End productions, notably Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Iceman Cometh, The Judas Kiss, Copenhagen, Democracy, Hamlet, The Real Thing (all also on Broadway), The Sound of Music, Our House, Up for Grabs, Grease (also UK tours), West Side Story (also UK tours), Spend Spend Spend, Neville’s Island, Follies, Passion, Enron, All My Sons, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Sweeney Todd, The Bodyguard.

Productions for the Royal National Theatre include Racing Demon, Les Parent Terribles, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (all also on Broadway), All My Sons, Mourning Becomes Electra, The History Boys, The Habit of Art, Emperor and Galilean, One Man Two Guvnors.

Work in opera includes productions for ENO, The Royal Opera, WNO, Opera North, Glyndebourne. Dance productions includes work for LCDT, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, SWRB, Rambert Dance Company (The Secret Charm of Mother Nature, and The Castaways). Recently Mark designed the lighting for the Kate Bush live show Before the Dawn.

Dancers: Miguel Altunaga, Hannah Rudd & Adam Park on stage at Sadler’s Wells, London.

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