Margalit Oved

Dancer and choreographer Margalit Oved’s performances blended elements from many cultures, including the Yemen of her childhood, the Israel of her adolescence, and the Los Angeles of her adulthood. Oved began her career in her teens, as a founding member of Tel Aviv’s ethnic Inbal Dance Company. For fifteen years, she danced and choreographed for the troupe, incorporating Yemeni, Arab, Spanish, Indian, and African influences, and rose to become principal dancer before leaving the company in 1965. In 1967 she settled in Los Angeles and began teaching dance at UCLA while crafting solo works and creating the Margalit Oved Dance Theater Company. Her work, which often incorporated both biblical and autobiographical themes, achieved popularity after it was performed at the 1972 Los Angeles Dance Festival. One piece, Gestures of Sand, was later made into a documentary. She acted in both Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer in 1955 and The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1965. In 1994 she returned to Israel to revive the Inbal Dance Company and began working as principal singer and musical director for her son Barack Marshall’s dance company.

Topics: Music, Dance, Film

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Margalit Oved in a 1960 promotional picture for the Inbal Dance Company.

Courtesy of the Israeli National Photo Collection/Wikimedia Commons.

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