In Land Research, Arkadi Zaides presents a stark landscape: images projected on a large screen at the back of a wide stage empty of all props, except a mic stand at the front left. Land Research was performed in Israel on July 30, 2012 as part of the Summerdance Festival at Suzanne Dellal in Tel Aviv, continuing his process of developing an artistic dialogue with artists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, into this landscape enter performers: dancer Yuli Kovbasnyan who immigrated alone to Israel from Russia in her teens, Ofir Yudilevitch, a dancer with an extensive background in acrobatics and Capoeira, Palestinian artist and actress Raida Adon, performer and video artist Sva Li-Levy, and dancer/acrobatics practitioner Asaf Aharonson.→
The work ties together the relations between the geopolitical landscape and the physical body. On stage, five performers from diverse backgrounds take turns in solo acts. Through a series of physical tasks, each dancer undergoes an individual processes of transformation. Each solo is followed by a projection of images that depict local scenery. Shot by Israeli photographer Yuval Tebol, they capture the Israeli/Palestinian landscape. The images reveal the presence of concrete bearers within the landscapes, and allude to similar yet unpalpable bearers between each performer's personal narrative.
Land-Research began with interviews of the performers, conducted by cultural researcher Anat Cederbaum. The interviews included a set of questions that examined the congruence and conflicts between each performer’s personal and national narratives. The same questions were later brought into the studio and served as the starting point from which each solo was created.
Land-Research was premiered at Fabrik Potsdam in the frame of Tanztage Festival, 2012.
Credits & CollaboratorsChoreography Arkadi Zaides Research, guidance and artistic collaboration Anat Cederbaum Dramaturgy Joanna Lesnierowska Performed by Raida Adon, Asaf Aharonson/Yuval Goldstein, Sva Li Levi, Yuli Kovbasnyan, Ofir Yudilevitch Photographer Yuval Tebol Video design Daniel Landau Music Tom Tlalim & Chen Wagner Light Bruno Pocheron Artistic advise Felix Ritter Costumes Nadav Svetlov Prouducer Hila Kaplan Co-produced by Theatre National De Chaillot (FR), Ballet National De Marseille in collaboration with KLAP (FR), Fabrik Potsdam (DE), Art Stations Foundation (PL), The Polish Institute (IL) Residency support The Acco Theater Center (IL), Amsterdam Master Of Choreography (NL)
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Arkadi Zeides possesses the prestigious dowry of being a former dancer in the Bat Sheva Dance Company, one who has worked with Ohad Naharin and later in Yasmin Godder's ensemble. When a dancer with such a record achieves a point in life where he asks himself "what's next", looking for a new meaning to his work in dance, and is also willing to "unlearn" all that he has learned to make room for something new – there's a possibility to create something deep, direct, and intensely focused, with the body at its center.→