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In collaboration with Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Tangente is proud to support this artistic project that will be presented during our next season of contemporary dance.
The selected artists received a day of training from the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, Nathalie Courville, Canadian ambassador of KissKissBankBank and specialist in communication and funding of the cultural field and by Professor Renaud Legoux of the Chair in Arts Management Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux from HEC Montréal. Artists are fully responsible for planning and managing their fundraising. In addition, the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and the Conseil des arts de Montréal are enhancing the campaign by an additional $ 500 for the first $ 1,000 raised.
By participating in this project of crowdfunding, you contribute significantly to the artistic creation of the artist while developing his financial autonomy. Thank you!
For their 2018-2019 season, Tangente, a contemporary dance presenter, selected me to present my new creation, WE CAN DISAPPEAR YOU. In addition to this new project, I also had the privilege of being responsible for my evening and choosing the artist who will be conjointly presented with my piece. Wanting to offer the public a complete experience, I had the idea to approach world renowned Israeli artist, Arkadi Zaides. I met Arkadi on a trip to Israel and soon realized that we shared similar interests when it came to artistic creation. Our two projects analyze and explore confrontation, violence and conflicts as well as their physical repercussions on its actors. I see this artistic meeting as a chance, not only, for me to be associated with an artist of international stature, but especially as a chance to offer the Montreal public a complete and multidimensional evening that I will have elaborated myself.
The piece I will present at Tangente is called WE CAN DISAPPEAR YOU and is a one-hour performance for five performers, presented in 360 degrees. Inspired by the pictorial work of Jewish-American artist, Leon Golub, the project dissects humanity to make a reading of its darkest part. WE CAN DISAPPEAR YOU is an amalgam of army clothing, current event images, bondage techniques and masks that addresses power dynamics between individuals and groups of individuals. Through a sculptural, textural and methodical approach, the bodies are transformed over their interactions with each other and their environment.
Interrogation III, 1981, acrylic on linen, 3.1 × 4.3 m, Leon Golub
The work presented by Arkadi is a video installation called Capture Practice.
Capture Practice is a two-channel video loop, commissioned by the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in 2014. The work examines the bodies of Israelis as they were captured on camera, and focuses on the physical reactions to which they resort in various confrontational situations in the West Bank. The Palestinians remain behind the camera, nevertheless, their movement, voice, and point of view are highly present, determining the viewer’s perspective.
Capture Practice features Zaides as he dances in a studio, on one channel, and footage from the B'Tselem archives, on the other. With his gaze continuously facing the other screen, Zaides mimics the movements of the documented subjects. He uses his own body to tie together the occurrences on both screens. By creating a perpetuate choreographic practice, he examines the somatic influence of the occupation over the bodies of those administering it. As an Israeli choreographer whose work engages in the occupation, Capture Practice raises questions regarding Zaides’ own involvement in the act.
Making of #2 - Capture Practice
Arkadi Zaides is an independent choreographer. Born in 1979 in ּBelorussia, former USSR, he immigrated to Israel in 1990 and currently lives in France.
Zaides' work examines the ways in which political and social contexts effect the physical body and constitute choreography. His practice aims to challenge and inspire viewers. It offers an inclusive realm that brings together diverse communities and sectors of society. His works were presented among the following countries: France (Theater National De Chaillot, CDC Toulouse, KLAP), Germany (Fabrik Potsdam, Pact Zollverein, Weimar Nationaltheater), The Netherlands (Korzo, Bellevue, Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam), Switzerland (Tanzhaus Zürich), Canada (Firehall Arts Center, MAI), USA (LaMaMa, NYLA), Chile (FIT), Japan (Aoyama Round Theater, Dance Box, Session House), The Czech Republic (4+4 Days in Motion), Poland (Arts Station Foundation, Impart Art Center), Italy (Santarcangelo Theater Festival), Greece (Onassis Foundation), Spain (Mes De Danza, BAD Bilbao), and China (Shanghai Dance Festival).
Zaides received the Emile Zola Prize for Performing Arts for demonstrating engagement in human rights issues in his work Archive (2013). His work Quiet received a grant from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport (2013). He was the recipient of the Israeli Lottery Foundation Landau Award (2012). He won the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport Young Artist Prize (2008, 2009, 2011). He received the annual Rosenblum Award for excellence in the arts (2010), and his work Solo Colores received the Kurt Jooss Award (2010).
Zaides continuously develops platforms to promote contemporary discourse of performance making. Together with dramaturge and researcher Sandra Noeth, he initiated Violence of Inscriptions. The project brings together artists, thinkers, and human-rights activists to negotiate the role of the body in producing, maintaining, legitimizing, representing, and aestheticizing structural violence (2016). Zadies curated Moves Without Borders, a close collaboration with Goethe Institute Israel. The project invited avant-garde choreographers to conduct performances and workshops in Israel (2012-2015). Together with choreographer Anat Danieli, Zaides curated the New Dance Project in Jerusalem. The project provided novice choreographers with professional guidance, production assistant, and financial support (2010-2011).
Zaides took part in the work process of the following performances and projects: INFINI project (Jozef Wouters, Brussels, 2015), Durcheinander (deufert&plischke, Berlin, 2015), Contracting Fears (Bridge On A Wall, Murcia, 2010), Ladies First (Matanicola, Berlin, 2007), Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder (Yasmeen Godder, Tel Aviv, 2006), Eyezaurus Frida (Noa Dar, Tel Aviv, 1999). During the years 1999-2004, Zaides was part of the Batsheva Ensemble and the Batsheva Dance Company, both lead by the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin.
My creation project, WE CAN DISAPPEAR YOU, is already fully supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec as well as Studio 303 and the CCOV. The funds for this campaign will be used exclusively to pay for the construction and installation of Capture Practice. It is imperative that these funds be amassed so as not to amputate the budget of my own creation which is quite limited.
The video installation includes the construction of a wall on which the two projections will be broadcast simultaneously. The wall symbolizes the barrier that has been erected to separate Israel from the West Bank. It is, therefore, an important part of Arkadi's installation. As the producer of this installation, I have to hire a technical director who will take care of the purchase of the materials, the construction, the delivery and the installation of the wall in addition to the installation and calibration of the projection.
The costs :
Wall construction: $ 2,000
Delivery and installation of the wall: $ 500
Installation and calibration of the projection: $ 420
Projector rental: $ 400
DONATE GENEROUSLY! THIS IS THE MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT OF MY CAREER AND I WILL BE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO BE ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!