HTA Ringvorlesung mit Arkadi Zaides: Europe’s (In)Security – Online verfügbar

Dajana Lothert

The lecture will take place online, via the following zoom link:

Meeting-ID: 821 9266 1889
Kenncode: 025612

This lecture is part of the HTA online lecture series winter term 2021/22.

Die Vorlesung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

The online lecture series (Un)settled. Performance, protection, and politics of insecurity of HTA (Hessian Theatre Academy) in winter term 2021/22 takes place in cooperation with the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Giessen; the HZT – Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin; the Art Academy Düsseldorf, and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

In the last decade choreographer Arkadi Zaides has been exploring what he would like to call ‘Documentary Choreography’. ‘Documentary Choreography’ integrates documents (interviews, testimonies, video materials, existing archival information, and others) in the choreographic work. It strives to weave these types of factual information with embodied practices in order to question social and political realities within which this type of work is produced. Moreover, it aims at transgressing the often-safe space of the artistic field and intervening through the process of creation and exposure of the artistic work in the actual political realm.
In this talk, Zaides will focus on two of his two recent projects Talos (2017) and Necropolis (2021). Talos takes as its starting point an EU funded project that assembled and tested an innovative robotic system for protecting the EU borders, while Necropolis embarked on investigating the most detailed archive to date documenting migrants’ and asylum seekers’ deaths taking place on the way to the continent. Applying his artistic practice of investigating into these documents, Zaides wishes to discuss Europe’s continuous race for securitization that consequently leads to making certain communities increasingly insecure.

Arkadi Zaides is an Israeli independent choreographer and visual artist of Belorussian origin, currently living in France. In Israel, he performed in several companies such as the Batsheva Dance Company and the Yasmeen Godder Dance Group before embarking on an independent career in 2004. He obtained a master's degree at the AHK Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam. He is currently obtaining his practice-based PhD degree at the Antwerp University. He is a member of the CORPoREAL research group at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, and a member of S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) at the Gent University. His performances and installations have been presented in numerous dance and theater festivals, museums, and galleries across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Over the years he has curated projects such as New Dance Project (2010-2011) with choreographer Anat Danieli, Moves Without Borders (2012-2015), and Violence of Inscriptions (2015-2018) with the scholar, curator, and dramaturge Sandra Noeth. He is a recipient of numerous prizes, among them a prize for demonstrating engagement in human-rights issues, awarded to Zaides by The Emile Zola Chair for Interdisciplinary Human Rights Dialogue.

This edition of the HTA lecture series is connected to Bodies, un-protected, the International Program on Bodies, Art and Protection at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, running from October 2021 till July 2022.
Organisers: Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst, Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Giessen; Prof. Dr. Sandra Noeth, HZT-Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Francesca Raimondi, Art Academy Düsseldorf, Anna Wagner, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt a.M.