Arkadi Zaides

Arkadi Zaides is an independent choreographer. He was born in the Soviet Union in 1979, and immigrated to Israel in 1990. Today he lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Choreography - Since 2004 Zaides work as an independent choreographer. His works were presented in The Netherlands (Brakke Grond, Kikker, Grand Theater, Korzo, Bellevue, Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam), France (Theater National De Chaillot, CDC Toulouse, KLAP, Festival Automn En Normandie), Germany (Fabrik Potsdam, Pact Zollverein, Weimar Nationaltheater, Theater Vorpommern) Switzerland (Tanzhouse Zurich), Canada (Firehall Arts Center, MAI), USA (LaMaMa), Brazil, Chile (FIT), Japan (Aoyama Round Theater, Dance Box, Session House), The Czech Republic (Duncan Center), Poland (Arts Station Foundation, Klub ZAK, Impart Art Center),  Italy (Operaestate Festival), Greece (Cocoyannis Foundation), Spain (Mes De Danza, BAD Bilbao), China (Shanghai Dance Festival) and more.

Awards - In 2013 Arkadi Zaides was awarded a prize by The Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights. In 2012 he received the honorable Landau Award from the Israeli Lottery Foundation.  In 2011, 2009 and 2008 he was awarded Israel’s ministry of culture and sport prize for young artist of the year in the field of dance. In 2010 he has been awarded the prestigious Rosenblum Award which is awarded annually by the city of Tel Aviv, supported by the Hanna and Gottlieb Rosenblum Foundation, to encourage excellence in the arts. Zaides's choreography 'Solo Colores' was awarded with the prestigious Kurt Jooss award in 2010.  In 2008 his work ‘Adamdam’ won third prize in the international choreography competition ‘No Ballet’ which is held in Ludwigshafen, Germany. His video dance ‘Solo Siento’ a collaborative project with video artist Shira Miasnik, won first prize in the ‘Vdance’ festival, the international video dance festival held in Tel Aviv in 2007. In 2006 he was one of three finalists in the third round of the Rolex mentor and protege art initiative in the dance category, and as a result he received financial assistance to support him in his artistic work in that same year.  

Curating - Zaides had been devotedly developing different platforms to encourage contemporary discourse and performance making. ‘Moves Without Borders’ which was developed in close collaboration with Goethe Institute Israel in 2012, invites some of the most influential avant-garde choreographers in the world today to series of performances and workshops in Israel; ‘New Dance Project’, which takes place at the Performance Art Arena in Jerusalem, was created together with the choreographer Anat Danieli, and is an ongoing platform for artists in the field of dance to grow and develop their choreographic skills.

Community - Embedded in Arkadi’s work is a belief that the role of art is to challenge and inspire viewers, while simultaneously it has a larger universal role to reach out and bring together different communities and different sectors of society. Arkadi is increasingly working in diverse communities, focusing primarily on the Arab sector in Israel. Among the activities he has initiated is a project with the theatre group ‘Oyoun’ in Magd-El-Shams, a Druze village which is situated in the golan heights, as well as a project in Rabeah Morkus’s Dance Studio in Yasif village in the north of Israel. Arkadi also teaches a group of orthodox Jewish males as part of the ‘Other Move Project’ in Jerusalem.

Dance - In 1999 Arkadi completed his studies in art and dance in Misgav and joined Noa Dar’s Dance Company. In the same year he joined the Batsheva Ensemble and in 2001 he joined the Batsheva Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer, where he stayed until 2004. He also danced in works choreographed by Mats Ek, Sharon Eyal, Paul Norton, Matanicola, Yasmeen Godder and with the Berlin based group of artists ‘Bridge On A Wall’.

Teaching - Arkadi Zaides is leading workshops on a regular basis. He focuses on the body as a source of authentic and original movement material. By offering triggers and exercises, intended to get rid of old habits, he is interested in discovering a simple and clear expression, in order to create a new rich and personal movement language. Also, since 2000 till 2009 Arkadi has been teaching ‘Gaga’, the movement language of choreographer Ohad Naharin.