Avshalom Pollak | Artistic Director, Choreographer, Costumes designer, Set designer
Avshalom was trained as a classical actor and graduated from The Nissan Nativ Drama School in Tel-Aviv. He has acted in a large number of films and television programs as well as many theatrical plays at The Habimah National Theater, The Cameri Theater, Gesher Theater and The Haifa Municipal Theater. (Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Casssio in Othello; Valere in The Miser; Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, Phillip in Orphans and more). Since 1992, Avshalom Pollak has been working with Inbal Pinto, with whom he founded The Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company.
In 2011 Pinto and Pollak were given Israel’s ministry of culture award for creation of TOROS and RUSHES PLUS. In 2003 they directed, choreographed and designed the Opera ARMIDE by Christoph Willibald Gluck. In 2013 they directed, choreographed and designed the original musical THE CAT THAT LIVED A MILLION TIMES by Yoko Sano in Tokyo, and the Opera THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN by Leos Janacek in Bergen Norway.
Together, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak have created, choreographed and designed the following works for their company: 1999 – Oyster A co Production with The Maison De La Danse, Lyon, France. Winner of The Israel Theater Academy Award for the year 2000 as The Best Production in Stage Arts category. 2002 – Boobies A co Production with DeSingel Theater, Antwerp, Belgium. 2006 – Shaker. Armide An opera by Christoph Willbald Gluck at the Opera House of Wiesbaden in Germany (2004) and The Israeli Opera (2007). Rushes A collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theatre (2007).
Hydra a co-production with Saitama Arts Foundation, Israel Festival 2008 and Stepts #11 2008 – Trout A co-production with Stavanger2008, Cultural Capital of Europe, Collaboration with the Kitchen Orchestra .2011- Bombyx Mori. 2013 – Gold Fish. 2013 – The Cunning Little Vixen opera by Leos Janacek at the Nasjonale Opera Bergen, Norway. 2013- Dust. 2014- Wallflower A Collaboration with Tel Aviv Museum of Art. 2015- Wrapped Renewed Production. Originally created in 1998.