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A response to 'Dig Deep' - A new production by Arkadi Zaides 2013
In January 2013 Arkadi Zaides was invited to take part in the Aire De Jeu project, at Les Subsistances, an artistic research center in Lyon, France. In this project four choreographers were invited to create a stage work using music by contemporary composers played live on stage. Zaides will join choreographers from France, Portugal and Congo who were asked to choose a piece by the New York based composer Julia Wolfe.
Wolfe's music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. For his performance Zaides chose Wolfe's score for a string quartet named 'Dig Deep', which, as hinted in its name, generates an intense sonic movement inwards. In his physical response to the quartet, Zaides focuses on a state of ongoing oscillation, examining the tension between restlessness and stability in his body. By focusing on this tension Zaides wishes to 'dig deep' and explore somatic responses to his personal experience of immigration, homelessness and an ongoing desire to bridge between different communities in Israel. Zaides offers the audience a kinesthetic, non-narrative practice and continues to challenge both the physical and conceptual identity of his work.
Land-Research – A new production by Arkadi Zaides 2012
The new production by Arkadi Zaides premiered in May 2012 and is now available for touring. In 'Land-Research', Zeides creates on stage a space of exploration and observation, examining the complex relations between body and land. Against panoramic photos of broken scenery, five solo performers from different backgrounds go through individual processes of transformation. By examining reality through the process of physical research, Zaides creates new mapping of the locale, tying together the personal and the political.
Landau Award goes to Arkadi Zaides
We are delighted to announce that Arkadi Zaides has been named as the recipient of the prestigious Landau Award from The Israel National Lottery.
The judges commented ''Arkadi Zeides is a fascinating Israeli dancer-choreographer who has paved his artistic way with loyalty and integrity. Throughout the years, Zeides has worked modestly and diligently to distill his ideas through consolidation of motion-based and performance tools into which he casts existential questions related to life in Israel. His works excels in simplicity and cleanliness. In spite of his meticulous attention to the theatrical aspects of his work, these do not overshadow the singular presence of the dancing body and the focus on the priority of dance.
Zeides works hard to initiate encounters, dialogues, and new experiences, and strives to create closeness and collaborations between population groups, audiences, and different sectors within the medium. Recently his work has resulted in two strong and troubling pieces: "Quiet" and "Land-Research", both of which combine ethical and aesthetic aspects as expressions of his search. In these works, Zeides positions himself within the local landscape as an artist with a message that is clear, unique, and relevant, and whose influence on the public and on his contemporaries constitutes both a challenge and a sense of trail-blazing.''