(c) Institut des Croisements

Arkadi Zaides

  • Performance

Arkadi Zaides and his team are creating an archive of bodies that Europe has only allowed entry as corpses. They are working from a list compiled since 1993 by UNITED for Intercultural Action, a network of hundreds of anti-racist organisations. This list documents the deaths of refugees and migrants at the hands of the European border regime. Using partially documentary, partially investigative approaches and choreographic practices, Zaides and his team are developing a map. It stretches in all directions across space and time and tells the stories of those who inhabit “Necropolis”. And although there is no one left to dance in the city of the dead, it is precisely this no one that Arkadi Zaides wants to bring back to life. On stage, the team presents the results of its investigation, enriched by the latest research in Frankfurt. Zaides invites us to discover a ghostly territory, to question our own actions, our sense of responsibility and our role as citizens.


Concept & direction: Arkadi Zaides
Dramaturgy, text and voice: Igor Dobricic
Research assistant: Emma Gioia
Performers: Arkadi Zaides, Emma Gioia
Sculpture: Moran Senderovich
3D modeling: Mark Florquin
Avatar animation: Jean Hubert
Animation assistant: Thibaut Rostagnat
Light: Jan Mergaert
Sound design: Asli Kobaner
Grave location search: Aktina Stathaki, Amalie Lynge Lyngesen, Amber Maes, Amirsalar Kavoosi, Ans Van Gasse, Arkadi Zaides, Benjamin Pohlig, Bianca Frasso, Carolina-Maria Van Thillo, Christel Stalpaert, Doreen Kutzke, Dorsa Kavoosi, Elisa Franceschini, Elvura Quesada, Emma Gioia, Frédéric Pouillaude, Gabriel Smeets, Giorgia Mirto, Gosia Juszczak, Igor Dobricic, Ilka Van Bijlen, Jordy Minne, Joris Van Imschoot, Julia Asperska, Juliane Beck, Katia Gandolfi, Katja Seitajoki, Lilas Forissier, Lina Gilani Tsitouri, Lovis Heuss, Luca Lotano, Lucille Haddad, Maite Zabalza, Maria Sierra Carretero, Mercedes Roldan, Myriam Van Imschoot, Myrto Katsiki, Osnat Kelner, Özge Atmış, Pepa Torres Perez, Sarah Leo, Selby Jenkins, Simge Gücük, Solveig Gade, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Tamara Vajdíková, Tilemachos Tsolis, Yannick Bosc, Yari Stilo
Technical director: Etienne Exbrayat
Administration & production: Simge Gücük / Institut des Croisements

Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville (FR), Montpellier Danse 40 Bis (FR), Charleroi Danse (BE), CCN2 Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble (FR), les ballets C de la B (BE), Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (DE), La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse (FR) | Residency support: CCN – Ballet de Lorraine (FR), STUK (BE), PACT Zollverein (DE), WP Zimmer (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Cie THOR (BE)

Support for experimentation: RAMDAM, un centre d’art (FR)

Arkadi Zaides / Institut des Croisements is supported by French Ministry of Culture – DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes