Barak adé Soleil makes dance, theatre and performance art. An award-winning creative practitioner he has been invested in engaging diverse communities within the live arts scene throughout the US, Panama, Europe and West Africa.  Barak is the founder of  D  UNDERBELLY, an interdisciplinary network of artists of color, and recipient of the Katherine Dunham Choreography award given by NYC's AUDELCO for excellence in Black Theatre.  His directing, performing, and process speak to the expanse of contemporary art; utilizing techniques drawn from the African diaspora, disability and queer culture,  post-modern and conceptual forms. 

In 2015, Barak was invited to be the keynote speaker and performer for Middlebury College's noted Clifford Symposium.  NewCity media named him as one of the "top 50 players" of the year. He is a 2015 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Awardee,  2015-16 University of Illinois Chicago/ 3Arts Fellow, and 2016 Choreographer-in-Residence for Rebuild Foundation.  Barak is currently celebrating his 25th anniversary of being involved in live arts.


For Chicago DanceMakers Forum, Barak is developing what the body knows, an expansive project deepening his focus on movement expressed from a disabled and racialized body. For the 2016 international Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, he will travel to Santiago, Chile to present excerpts of this work. what the body knows will receive its world premiere in fall of 2016 at Stony Island Arts Bank. 

Other projects include: lower(the)depths, a galvanizing interdisciplinary theatre project developed within Montreal's diverse community; the black | body, an independently curated series of transgressive art by black artists from across the diaspora, including Dana Michel; Dem maids, a play dance that exploits the inequality within the politics of race, disability and gender, utilizing the work of queer theatre writer Jean Genet; and creative peoples caucus, a national/international platform for exploring the intersection of live, social and civic art practices. Barak’s poetics & reflections on dance, performance and culture can be found at