Avshalom Pollak

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Avshalom Pollak
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Avshalom Pollak
Born5 October 1970
Haifa, Israel
OccupationDirector, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Actor.
TitleArtistic Director

Avshalom Pollak is an Israeli actor, director, choreographer and dance company artistic director.

Early life and education[edit]

Avshalom was born in Haifa, Israel. He was trained as a classical actor and graduated from the Nissan Nativ Drama School in Tel Aviv. After graduating, Avshalom was playing in a large number of films and television programs, as well as many theatrical plays. Among his leading rules were William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as Romeo; Casssio in Othello; Molière's Valere in The Miser; Chekhov's Tuzenbach in Three Sisters and more. He had the opportunity to work at the Habimah Theatre, the Cameri Theater, Gesher Theater and the Haifa Municipal Theatre.

Since 2002, 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[1] by Yoko Sano in Tokyo, and the opera The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček in Bergen, Norway.

Together, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak have created, choreographed and designed the following works for their company: Oyster a co-production with The Maison De La Danse, Lyon, France (1999), Oyster won the award of The Israel Theater Academy Award for the year 2000 as The Best Production in Stage Arts category. BOOBIES a co-production with DeSingel Theater, Antwerp, Belgium (2002).[2] Shaker (2006). Armide an opera by Christoph Willbald Gluck at the Opera House of Wiesbaden in Germany (2004)[3] 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 (2008).[4] Bombyx Mori (2011). GOLDFISH (2013). The cunning little vixen, an opera by Leoš Janáček at the Bergen National Opera, Norway (2013) [5] Dust (2013). Wallflower a collaboration with Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014). Wrapped Renewed Production. Originally created in 1998 (2015).

Selected work[edit]

  • A chance for a 100 1994
  • Wrapped 1998
  • Oyster 1999
  • Boobies 2002
  • What Good Would the moon be 2004
  • Armide 2003
  • Shaker 2006
  • Armide 2006
  • Rushes 2007
  • Hydra 2007
  • Trout 2008
  • Toros 2010
  • Bombyx mori 2011
  • Goldfish 2012
  • The cunning little vixen 2013
  • The cat that lived a million times 2013
  • Dust 2013
  • Wallflower 2014
  • Wrapped 2015


  • 2000 Israeli Theater Academy award for "Oyster"
  • 2007 The Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture award for creation
  • 2011 The Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture awards for Artistic achievements and performance
  • 2014 The Israeli Dance Critics Circle award "Best Dance Show" for "Wallflower"


  1. ^ "The Cat That Lived A Million Times". 15 August 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Boobies". deSingel. 18 April 2002. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  3. ^ ""Armide" ohne Durchblick im Phantasialand". Faz. Frankfurter Allgemeine. 2 May 2004. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Big fish on a small stage". JPOST. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Opera Base". Opera Base. March 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2015.

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