- 11.02.2023, 7.30 pm / artist talk afterwardssolidarity pricing system (you choose): € 7 / € 11 / € 20 / € 35, german premiere
- 12.02.2023, 6.00 pm / artist talk afterwardssolidarity pricing system (you choose): € 7 / € 11 / € 20 / € 35
Arkadi Zaides and his team are creating an archive of bodies that Europe has only allowed entry as corpses. They are working from a list compiled since 1993 by UNITED for Intercultural Action, a network of hundreds of anti-racist organisations. This list documents the deaths of refugees and migrants at the hands of the European border regime. Using partially documentary, partially investigative approaches and choreographic practices, Zaides and his team are developing a map. It stretches in all directions across space and time and tells the stories of those who inhabit “Necropolis”. And although there is no one left to dance in the city of the dead, it is precisely this no one that Arkadi Zaides wants to bring back to life. On stage, the team presents the results of its investigation, enriched by the latest research in Frankfurt. Zaides invites us to discover a ghostly territory, to question our own actions, our sense of responsibility and our role as citizens.
Age: from 18
Duration: 70 min.
Language: English, German
Note on sensory stimuli:
The piece begins in the dark with audio feed. The room is darkened most of the time. A moving digital map and videos and texts filmed with a cell phone camera are shown alternately on a large screen. The videos are accompanied by audio tracks with varying degrees of background noise, e.g. footsteps, birds chirping, construction work in the background. The beginning and end of the sound recording are sometimes offset in time to the video image. Once the soundtrack of a video and the spoken text overlap. In the second half of the evening, there are also 3D animations on the screen.
Cast & Credits
Concept & direction: Arkadi Zaides
Dramaturgy, text and voice: Igor Dobricic
Research assistant: Emma Gioia
Performers: Arkadi Zaides, Emma Gioia
Sculpture: Moran Senderovich
3D modeling: Mark Florquin
Avatar animation: Jean Hubert
Animation assistant: Thibaut Rostagnat
Light: Jan Mergaert
Sound design: Asli Kobaner
Grave location search: Aktina Stathaki, Amalie Lynge Lyngesen, Amber Maes, Amirsalar Kavoosi, Ans Van Gasse, Arkadi Zaides, Benjamin Pohlig, Bianca Frasso, Carolina-Maria Van Thillo, Christel Stalpaert, Doreen Kutzke, Dorsa Kavoosi, Elisa Franceschini, Elvura Quesada, Emma Gioia, Frédéric Pouillaude, Gabriel Smeets, Giorgia Mirto, Gosia Juszczak, Igor Dobricic, Ilka Van Bijlen, Jordy Minne, Joris Van Imschoot, Julia Asperska, Juliane Beck, Katia Gandolfi, Katja Seitajoki, Lilas Forissier, Lina Gilani Tsitouri, Lovis Heuss, Luca Lotano, Lucille Haddad, Maite Zabalza, Maria Sierra Carretero, Mercedes Roldan, Myriam Van Imschoot, Myrto Katsiki, Osnat Kelner, Özge Atmış, Pepa Torres Perez, Sarah Leo, Selby Jenkins, Simge Gücük, Solveig Gade, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Tamara Vajdíková, Tilemachos Tsolis, Yannick Bosc, Yari Stilo
Technical director: Etienne Exbrayat
Administration & production: Simge Gücük / Institut des Croisements
International distribution: Rui Silveira/Something Great
Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville (FR), Montpellier Danse 40 Bis (FR), Charleroi Danse (BE), CCN2 Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble (FR), les ballets C de la B (BE), Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (DE), La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse (FR) | Residency support: CCN – Ballet de Lorraine (FR), STUK (BE), PACT Zollverein (DE), WP Zimmer (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Cie THOR (BE)
Support for experimentation: RAMDAM, un centre d’art (FR)
Arkadi Zaides / Institut des Croisements is supported by French Ministry of Culture – DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Arkadi Zaides is an Israeli independent choreographer and visual artist of Belorussian origin, currently living in France. In Israel, he performed in several companies such as the Batsheva Dance Company and the Yasmeen Godder Dance Group before embarking on an independent career in 2004. He obtained a master’s degree at the AHK Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam. He is currently obtaining his practice-based PhD degree at the Antwerp University. He is a member of the CORPoREAL research group at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, and a member of S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) at the Gent University. His performances and installations have been presented in numerous dance and theater festivals, museums, and galleries across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Over the years he has curated projects such as “New Dance Project” (2010–2011) with choreographer Anat Danieli, “Moves Without Borders” (2012–2015), and “Violence of Inscriptions” (2015–2018) with the scholar, curator, and dramaturge Sandra Noeth. He is a recipient of numerous prizes, among them a prize for demonstrating engagement in human-rights issues, awarded to Zaides by The Emile Zola Chair for Interdisciplinary Human Rights Dialogue.