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Opening of Potsdamer Tanztage | Arkadi Zaides (Lyon)  

21 – 22 May 2024 | Potsdamer Tanztage 2024Dance / performance

English with German surtitels.

In Necropolis, Arkadi Zaides crafts a continuous choreographic and documentary endeavour about unknown bodies, a poignant reflection on the ongoing human tragedy at Europe's borders. Integrating data analysis, choreographic techniques, interviews with experts on migration, and field research, Zaides and his team immerse themselves in forensic practices to establish a novel virtual archive. This archive, akin to a map or an invisible landscape, extends across space and time, intertwining the mythologies, histories, geographies, and anatomies of those who have found their way into Necropolis. Though the City of the Dead lacks bodies to dance, it is precisely this absence – the collective body of Necropolis – that Zaides aims to animate back to life.

Afterwards on Wed 22 May: talk with the artists


Price info Ticket

Advance booking: 16 € / reduced 8 €
Box office: 17 € / reduced 8 €

Double ticket with Empathic Chamber/Al-Monboso on Wed 22 May:

Advance booking: 26 € / reduced 13 €
Box office: 27 € / reduced 13 €

Advance tickets (except festival pass) are valid as a ticket for public transportation for one person for the Berlin ABC area (Berlin/Potsdam) two hours before the start of the event and until 3:00 a.m. the following day.



Concept & direction: Arkadi Zaides
Dramaturgy, text & voice: Igor Dobricic
Research and choreography assistant: Emma Gioia
Sculpture: Moran Sanderovich
3D modeling: Mark Florquin
Avatar animation: Jean Hubert
Animation assistant: Thibaut Rostagnat
Sound design: Aslı Kobaner
Photos: Eike Walkenhorst
Grave location search: Aktina Stathaki, Amalie Lynge Lyngesen, Amber Maes, Amirsalar Kavoosi, Andrea Costa, Ans Van Gasse, Arkadi Zaides, Benjamin Pohlig, Bianca Frasso, Carolina-Maria Van Thillo, Prof. dr. Christel Stalpaert, Doreen Kutzke, Dorsa Kavoosi, Eleonora Soriente, Elisa Franceschini, Elvura Quesada, Emma Gioia, Eva Maes, Filippo Furri, Flavia Dalila D'Amico, Frédéric Pouillaude, Friederike Kötter, Gabriel Smeets, Giorgia Mirto, Gosia Juszczak, Igor Dobricic, Ilka Van Bijlen, Jordy Minne, Joris Van Imschoot, Julia Asperska, Juliana Andrea Tapiero Polanía, 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, Nevena Delić, Osnat Kelner, Özge Atmış, Pepa Torres Perez, Sarah Leo, Selby Jenkins, Simge Gücük, Solveig Gade, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Tamara Vajdíková, Tilemachos Tsolis, Valeria Povolo, Victoria Columba, Yannick Bosc, Yari Stilo
Administration & production: Simge Gücük / Institut des Croisements
Co-production: Theatre de la Ville, Montpellier Danse 40 Bis, Charleroi Danse, CCN2 Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble, les ballets C de la B, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse
Residency support :STUK, CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, Workspacebrussels, PACT Zollverein, WP Zimmer, Cie Thor
Support for experimentation: RAMDAM, un centre d'art
With friendly support by Institut français and the French Ministery for Cultur / DGCA
Many thanks to Waschhaus
Duration: 60 min