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Arkadi Zaides


How does a body react to violent situations ? This is the starting point of Archive, a hot topical solo of choreographer Arkadi Zaides about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Zaides bases himself on the images Palestinian volunteers made with cameras that were given to them by the Israeli information centre B'Tselem, with which it wanted to demonstrate the violations of human rights in the occupied territories. On a large screen images are shown of soldiers who burn down houses and throw stones. Zaides (known from the Batsheva Dance Company) winds these scenes back and reenacts them like one possessed, by which he embodies the complex conflict and creates an intense choreography of violence. Archive premièred in Avignon and was described by Les Inrocks as an “emotional shock”.

ARCHIVE MATERIALS: volunteers for the "Camera Project" of B'Tselem - The Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: Iman Sufan, Mu'az Sufan, Bilal Tamimi, Udai 'Aqel, Awani D'ana, Bassam J'abri, Abu 'Ayesha, Qassem Saleh, Mustafa Elkam, Raed Abu Ermeileh, Abd al-Karim J'abri, Issa 'Amro, Ahmad Jundiyeh, Nasser Harizat, Abu Sa'ifan, Oren Yakobovich, Nayel Najar, CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY: Arkadi Zaides, VIDEO CONSULTANT: Effi and Amir (Effi Weiss and Amir Borenstein), SOUND ART AND VOICE DRAMATURGY: Tom Tlalim ARTISTIC ADVICE Katerina Bakatsaki, ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHY: Ofir Yudilevitch, LIGHTS: Thalie Lurault, LIGHTS OPERATOR: Yoav Barel, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Pierre-Olivier Boulant, PRODUCTION: Yael Bechor/Naama Kutner Golan, SPECIAL THANKS TO: Myriam Van Imschoot, PRODUCED BY: Arkadi Zaides, COPRODUCTION: Festival d’Avignon (FR), CDC Toulouse (FR), Theatre National De Chaillot (FR), CNDC Angers (FR) / RESIDENCIES: AT CDC Toulouse (FR), CNDC Angers (FR), STUK Leuven (BE), Theatre National De Chaillot (FR), WP Zimmer (BE), INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: Key Performance - Julia Asperska & Koen Vanhove
For this project Zaides has received a prize from The Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights (IL)

Duration: 75 min

Location: Tournai - maison de la culture