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"Quiet" arose from a real sense of emergency; in light of the growing violence and mistrust between communities in Israel, constantly subjected to states of shock which never allow the space needed for reflection, and thus never allow for change. In such an environment it felt acute to create a platform which allows for an open and honest communication; a place where it is safe to let one's demons out and set them free; where the irrationality of response is examined and emotions are bravely explored; where a broad perspective is sought and where trust is continuously built.
Jewish and Arab, actors and dancers, the creative process was nourished and inspired by all these differences between the participant’s social realities and artistic backgrounds. The four characters in the piece reveal a landscape which contains aggression, compassion, confusion and yearning. in the midst of this intensity, lies a constant search for a place which is able to contain all conflicted layers - a place which is quiet.
choreography and direction: Arkadi Zaides
artistic collaborator: Joanna Lesnierowska
cast: Muhammed Mugrabi, Rabie Khoury/Yuval Goldstein, Ofir Yudilevitch, Arkadi Zaides
music: Tom Tlalim
additional tracks by: Ziv Jacob, Domenico Ferrari, Ran Slavin
lighting: Firas Roby
costumes: Salim Schada
production: Hila Kaplan
co-produced by: Arts Station Foundation, Poznan, Poland
From the press
The work and courage these four men have put into this is amazing and makes me think, wouldn't it be great if this could happen on a larger scale, and really bring people who are culturally and politically set against each other to some kind of understanding? Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine, New York, us >>
zaides creates a picture of great compassion that is almost always hidden from sight when violence and torture capture the frontline. (...) “quiet” of arkadi zaides is a whipping, beating and offensive work of art, bleeding itself and seeking to remind us that there is also something else other than the routine of fun. Zvi Goren, Habama, Israel >>
The local dance industry barely engages in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the little that does, touches only its margins. “Quiet”, a dance initiated by Arkadi Zaides, finally brings about a significant and kicking saying about living in constant tension. Meirav Yudilevitch, Ynet, Israel >>
"Quiet" is an experimental and ambitious piece digging into the realm of "politics", harnessing a unique form of body language, without using any traditional dance language. (...) It is striking how political the dance can be without any text and at the same time being free from any propaganda. (...) This piece, however, created following long hours of discussions and rehearsals, is stunning beyond the Israeli-Palestinian issues. Tatsuro Iishi, Dance Magazine, Tokyo, Japan >>
The contact between the men is intense at times, tender at others, about to erupt into violence at other moments. their movement often takes place at the edge of touch, the space between them replete with emotional tension as if what must be said is almost too much to bear. Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East, Israel >>
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The creation of the piece was possible due to the support of: the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport - Dance Department, Teva - Pharmaceutical Industries, the Israel Lottery Foundation, the abinovitch foundation, Rabeah Morkus Studio for Dance and Movement, the Polish Institute - Tel Aviv.