by Arkadi Zaides & Collaborators

A performance that examines the relation between movement, innovative
technologies, and the future of borders.

What kind of choreography arises in the proximity of borders? Which strategies of restriction define movement?
This work sets out to explore a dynamic system of action and reaction, limitation and transgression, stasis and mobility.
The piece is a response to TALOS, an EU-funded research project in the field of security enforcement for which an advanced system aimed at protecting European land borders was designed. TALOS was a collaborative project involving fourteen institutions from ten countries that was officially conducted between the years 2008-2013. It resulted in the conception of a surveillance system that could be rapidly deployed to any location. This system was to be based on mobile, semi-autonomous robots that patrol border areas and gain physical and performative presence. The TALOS project was never launched and remained an experiment, a test, and a demonstration of technological capabilities.

Arkadi Zaides has gathered a team of choreographers, dramaturges, and video artists to develop a performance that questions the TALOS project.


Concept and direction: Arkadi Zaides

In collaboration with: Claire Buisson, Nienke Scholts, Jonas Rutgeers, Youness Anzane, Effi & Amir (Effi Weiss & Amir Borenstein), Gabriel Braga, Culture Crew, Amit Epstein, Dyane Neiman, Thalie Lurault, Etienne Exbrayat, Simge Gücük

Coproduction: Les Subsistances, Lyon (FR), CDC Toulouse (FR), NEXT Festival, Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (BE-FR), La Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR), CCNN – Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes (FR), TanzQuartier Wien, Vienne (AT), Wiesbaden Biennale, Wiesbaden (DE), Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim (NO), K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg as part of the project Together Apart, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation (DE)

Residency support: O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT), STUK, Leuven (BE), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), Dialoghi Residencies for Performing Arts in Villa Manin/CSS Udine (IT), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (DE)

With the participation of DICRéAM.
With the support of Transfabrik Fund – the Franco-German Fund for performing arts.
Institut des Croisements – Arkadi Zaides is supported by French Ministry of Culture – DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.