Image: Dajana Lothert/Tanz im August-HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Image: Dajana Lothert/Tanz im August-HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Image: footage by Drone Media Studio (HU), animation by Effi & Amir


What kind of choreography arises in the proximity of borders? Which strategies of restriction define movement? Zaides’ new work sets out to explore a dynamic system of action and reaction, limitation and transgression, stasis and mobility. The work is a response to TALOS, an EU-funded initiative that designed an advanced system for protecting European land borders. TALOS was a collaborative project between fourteen institutions from ten countries that was officially conducted between the years 2008-2013. It resulted in a demonstration of a surveillance system that could be deployed in a matter of hours at any location. The system included mobile, semi-autonomous robots that patrol border areas and gain physical and performative presence. For the TALOS project, Zaides put together a team of choreographers, dramaturges, video artists, and robotic experts. Since 2016, the team has been developing a keynote presentation that references the original project. 

Credits & Collaborators

Team Claire Buisson, Jonas Rutgeerts, Youness Anzane, Nienke Scholts, Effi & Amir, Gabriel Braga, Arkadi Zaides, Amit Epstein, Culture Crew, Thalie Lurault, Etienne Exbrayat, Simge Gücük Performed by Arkadi Zaides / Lara Barsacq Footage Drone Media Studio (HU), UNICEF Co-produced by Les Subsistances (FR), La Maison de la Danse (FR), K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg as part of Together Apart project, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation (DE), TanzQuartier Wien (AT), NEXT Arts Festival, Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (BE-FR), CSS, Villa Manin (IT) , CDC Toulouse (FR), Wiesbaden Biennale (DE), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (NO), CCNN – Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes (FR) Residency support Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), O Espaço do Tempo (PT), STUK (BE), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (DE) With the participation of DICRéAM With the support of Transfabrik Fund - the Franco-German Fund for performing arts Institut des Croisements - Arkadi Zaides is supported by French Ministry of Culture and Communication - DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Articles & Reviews

Body, Material, Border

by Idit Suslik, 12/09/17

Although initially the work seems anti-dance in the sense that it comprises a marketing and image-promoting demonstration of a product - the "TALOS" system - what Zaides actually does is pose critical questions related to movement and choreography within the specific context of a global society, modern technological innovations, and contemporary social phenomena. 

One of the salient charactaristics of "TALOS" is the tention between a human body and a machine, and between movement and stillness. 

Are robots the solution to the refugee “crisis”?

by Nina Branner, Blog im August, 31/08/17

Automated technology is already a fact in many aspects of our lives. But what would happen if robots were assigned to make ethical decisions in situations where human interaction is perhaps most needed? “TALOS” is the title of dancer and choreographer Arkadi Zaides' new piece premiering at Tanz im August, but it’s also the name of a EU-funded mobile robot surveillance system intended to detect and prevent illegal border crossings in Europe, officially conducted between 2007 and 2012. We caught up with Zaides for a conversation about his performance and the future of borders. 

26 February—2 March 2018
The empathetic view in the theater

For all our Flemish and Dutch speaking friends, the Belgian magazine Etcetera has released an article by theater scholar Esther Tuypens discussing the use of empathy in performing arts. The article analyzes mechanisms of emotional identification in Arkadi Zaides’ creation Archive as well as in Milo Rau’s Empire. It is available online

Usages Géopolitiques Des Images

What influence do images have on migration policies? How do dictatorial regimes produce their imagery? Is there an ethical way to document war zones? USAGES GÉOPOLITIQUES DES IMAGES is a new publication that sets to examine these issues through the works of various contemporary artists. The book compiles the writing of twelve contributors, among them is Frédéric Pouillaude, whose essay examines  Zaides' practice over the past years. 

7—13 October 2018
Theory of Practice, Symposium at DOCH, SITE & Eric Ericssonhallen, Stockholm, Sweden