Arkadi Zaides’ latest creation NECROPOLIS raises ethical questions regarding the tragic deaths of refugees and migrants who lost their lives in an attempt to reach Europe. This research-based project delves into the practice of forensics to conceive a new virtual database documenting the remains of those whose death is to this day mostly unacknowledged. By combining data processing and choreographic tools, Zaides and his team expose the contemporary tragedy of a human catastrophe taking place within Europe and on its borders and invite us to question our ethical responsibility.
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, Luca Lotano, Lucille Haddad, Maite Zabalza, Maria Sierra Carretero, Mercedes Roldan, Meret* Heuss, Myriam Van Imschoot, Myrto Katsiki, Özge Atmış, Pepa Torres Perez, Sarah Leo, Simge Gücük, Solveig Gade, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Yannick Bosc, Yari Stilo
Technical director: Etienne Exbrayat
Administration & production: Simge Gücük / Institut des Croisements
International distribution: Koen Vanhove, Anna Skonecka /Key Performance
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
Belarus / Israel / France
Arkadi Zaides is an Israeli independent choreographer and visual artist, of Belarusian origin, currently living in France. His company Institut des Croisements has been based in Villeurbanne (FR) since 2015. 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.
Zaides holds a Masters degree from the DAS Choreography at the AHK Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His artistic reflection focuses on the ways in which political and social contexts produce their effects on the movements and gestures of bodies. This reflection gives rise to a choreographic work that questions and provokes the audience and forces them out of their comfort zone.