What moves you? What moves a border? What borders a move? This performance envisions a near future where technological systems have taken over the control of borders – and where humans find new ways around them.
Europe is closing its borders, and in the surrounding areas, a new kind of choreography is emerging. Far from putting an end to migrational movements, the border closures are generating new movements. In TALOS, Israeli choreographer Arkadi Zaides investigates the future of borders. This lecture performance is an artistic response to an EU-funded technological project by the same name, a mobile robotic system intended to detect and prevent illegal border crossings.
Together with an interdisciplinary team of choreographers, dramaturges, video artists, and robotic experts, Zaides envisions a future in which machines will become fully autonomous and replace border guards; speculating various possible encounters that could happen between humans and technologies in future scenarios where the act of decision making is delegated to technological agents deprived of ethical, political and human aspects.
Arkadi Zaides, choreographer, born in 1979 in Byelorussia, immigrated to Israel in 1990. Currently working in Israel and in Europe. Zaides holds a degree from Amsterdam Master Of Choreography program at the Theater School (NL). Danced in a few Israeli companies among them are Batsheva Dance Company and in Yasmeen Godder Dance Group. At 2004, embarked on an independent career. Through his work Zaides addresses social and political issues, previously focusing on the Israeli/Palestinian context, and now on the European one. Zaides’ artistic practice aims to spark critical debate, concentrating on the body as the medium through which social and political issues are experienced most acutely.
Claire Buisson studied Anthropology and Arts. In 2010 she achieved a PhD in Dance about the notion of choreographic environment. Since 2008 she has been training choreography with various choreographers (Lia Rodrigues, Vera Mantero, Jennifer Lacey, Marlène Freitas, Keith Hennessy, Benoit Lachambre, Meg Stuart, among others). Since 2010 she has been developing her own artistic work within dolce punto (D_P). Her work is supported by various artistic institutions in France (Gymnase-CDC Roubaix, CDC Toulouse, Vivat-scène conventionnée d'Armentières, Ballet du Nord-Olivier Dubois) in Portugal (Espaço Alkantara Festival, O Rumo O Fumo) in Brazil (CCO Rio de Janeiro). Buisson is often invited to teach and tutor projects such as IED-Rome and ISDAT-Toulouse.
Culture Crew is a collective which provides robotic solutions and integrates technology (electronic design, multimedia, mechatronics, mechanics, motion control, software) within the fields of contemporary arts and performing arts. The collective provides support for the entire lifecycle of complex and technically challenging artworks. Culture crew partners with artists for the realization, presentation, restoration and conservation of artworks as well as provides consultation for the integration of technological art in “public spaces”.
Jonas Rutgeerts is a dramaturge and performance theorist. He studied Philosophy (KU Leuven) and dramaturgy (University of Amsterdam) and is currently working on a PHD on choreography and philosophy (KU Leuven). His main research interests involve: choreographic processes, social choreographies and the relation between movement and politics. As a dramaturge and researcher he collaborates among others with Labo21, Ivana Müller, David Weber-Krebs, ICKAmsterdam and Clément Layes. He is the author of “Re-act: Over re-enactment in de hedendaagse dans’ (2015).
Nienke Scholts is dramaturge and discourse-program maker at Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam. As freelance dramaturge she worked/works with among others visual theatre maker Dries Verhoeven en Emke Idema (STRANGER, 2012 and RULE, 2014). In 2014 she was part of the Internationales Forum, Theatertreffen Berlin. She teaches at the Master of Scenography of the School for the Arts in Utrecht and is a co-founder of the Dutch Platform-Scenography (2013). She regularly publishes in performances art magazines, like Theatermaker(NL) and etcetera (BE).
Youness Anzane is a Moroccan text -and libretto-writer and dramaturge based in Brussels. He works with theatre, dance and opera - makers all over Europe, United States and Africa. Anzane found the music venue Naxos Bobine in Paris in 1996, lead Il Faut Brûler pour Briller (You Have Got to Burn to Shine) festival from 2006 to 2014, and was associated dramaturge at the Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence in 2012 and 2014.
Simge Gücük born in Istanbul, currently lives and works in France. She graduated from University Lumière Lyon 2 with a BA in cultural mediation and communication. After Erasmus in The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) at Utrecht University she did a Master in international projects at Nantes University. Simge Gücük collaborated with Fundiçao Progresso (Brazil) and with Duplacena (Portugal). She worked for Garajistanbul, first independent performing arts venue in Istanbul, Turkey, as co responsible of projects, programming and production. Gücük also collaborated with the EU project Temps d'Images. She joined the team of Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture where she worked as project manager for performing arts. From 2014-2015 was responsible for administration, production and diffusion at CHATHA company by the Tunisian Lyon based choreographers Aïcha M'Barek & Hafiz Dhaou.
Company website: www.arkadizaides.com