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Barak Richter


Melissa Barak Barak is a former leading dancer with Los Angeles Ballet where she performed for five seasons commencing in 2006 and choreographed Lost In Transition in 2008. Her career also includes New York City Ballet (NYCB), where she performed in numerous works by George Balanchine, as well as originating roles in new ballets by Christopher Wheeldon, Elliot Feld and Robert Garland, among others.

Melissa Barak

This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus,  LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now!

2023/2024 Season


Memoryhouse marked Melissa Barak’s first full-evening dance work as  LAB’s new Artistic Director. An abstract ballet composed of vignettes commemorating the Holocaust, Memoryhouse is set to Max Richter’s powerful album of the same name and reflects on the somber as well as more heroic moments that illuminate this devastating period in human history.


The ballet is choreographed to Richter's album in its entirety and in the order it was meant to be listened to. The ballet has 18 movements, totaling the number of tracks on the album.  Some movements connect with others while some live on their own. No alterations were made to the score, the electronic voices, sounds, and touches are part of the original recording.


Barak partnered with Hagy Belzberg, Founding Partner of BA Collective and the architect of The Holocaust Museum for set design, and Sebastian Peschiera of Narduli Studio for production and projection design. 

The premiere was originally planned for 2020, the 75th anniversary year of the end of the Holocaust. Melissa had returned from her trip to Germany and Poland and was well into the creative process when production was sidelined by the COVID pandemic. Memoryhouse marked its world premiere in 2023 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.


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Photos by Cheryl Mann

Media Design by Sebastian Peschiera; Set Design by Belzberg Architects; Costumes by Holly


Hynes; Lighting by Nathan Scheuer; Photo by Rachel Weber


Principal Sponsor of the world premiere: The David and Janet Polak Foundation  


A documentary film, The Creation of Memoryhouse was produced by MikkoMia Productions.

2023/2024 Season > Memoryhouse

JUNE 15 – 17, 2023

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