photo: Marcus Lieberenz


Moves Without Borders is a collaborative curatorial project between Zaides, Goethe-Institute Israel, and additional partners. The project took place between 2012-2015, during this time contemporary avant-garde choreographers were invited present their work and lead workshops in Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Bat Yam. The project provided local audience and performance practitioners a chance to get acquainted with different choreographic practices. List of participating artists included: Marten Spangberg (SE), Meg Stuart (DE/BE), Philipp Gehmacher (AT), deufert&plischke (DE), Myriam Van Imschoot (BE), Alain Franco (BE), Rodrigo Sobarzo (CL/NL), Jared Gradinger & Angela Schubot (DE), Raimund Hoghe (DE).

Moves Without Borders aimed to critically reflect on the political climate in Israel, a reality of borders and walls. Looking back at the participating artists, one can notice a clear Eurocentric orientation. Contrary to its original objective to promote a borderless cultural exchange, it seems that the project had reinforced the existing situation. The dialogue took place between artists from hegemonic countries, while the voices of artists from marginal countries remained unheard. Nevertheless, the tools that were acquired during the program will hopefully resonate within the Israeli dance community, and will pave the way to an engaged and radical dance scene.

Credits & Collaborators

Direction & curation Arkadi Zaides Production & administration Yael Cohen Supported by Goethe Institut Israel, Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv, Budha Burgers Hosting venues Suzanne Dellal Center, Tmuna Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, Hachanut 31, Bat Yam Museum, Kelim Choreographic Center, Arab Jewish Community Center, Warehouse 2, HaChalalit Gallery, Yasmeen Godder Studio, Pasaz

Past Events

5 November 2013
One Single Action: Laughing with Meg Stuart, Arab Jewish Community Center, Jaffa, Israel
8 November 2013
An Evening of Solo Works by Meg Stuart, Warehouse 2, Jaffa, Israel
12—19 December 2013
from postures to jestures, to objects, to words - Exhibition by Philipp Gehmacher, HaChalalit Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
21 November 2014
APNEA by Rodrigo Sobarzo, Warehouse 2, Jaffa, Israel

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Articles & Reviews

Beyond Our Borders

by Ori J. Lenkinski, The Jerusalem Post, 12/12

Zaides has made himself known over the past decade as a bold, innovative and socially aware choreographer. His most recent works Quiet and Land Research explore socio-political themes. Moves Without Borders is in many ways the natural progression of the overall statement made in Zaides' performances, one that reaches past the narrow scope of daily life and yearns for further communication. The culmination of months of work was meant to take place last week, with performances scheduled in Tel Aviv. 

First Gehmacher canceled, followed by Salamon. Apparently the sizzling political environment in Israel was enough to keep the visitors away. Their cancellation, while unfortunate, only points to the necessity of Zaides' project.