For the first time in Milan, PimOff hosts the choreographer broadly known for his politically engaged performances. NECROPOLIS is are sponse to the identity issue, connected to all victims of migration crisis. The starting point is a list compiled since 1993 by over 500 NGOs across Europe. It records all cases of refugees and migrants who die trying to reach Europe and which, to date, lists more than 40,500 people. It is a huge archive that attempts to shed light on a catastrophe, taking place within and on the borders of Europe. A database of mythologies, stories, geographies, movements and anatomies that the choreographer and his team meticulously collected, in years of work, in order to build a virtual city.
concept and direction Arkadi Zaides
dramaturgy Igor Dobricic
research and choreography assistant Emma Gioia
co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville (FR), Montpellier Dance Festival (FR), Charleroi Danse (BE), RAMDAM, UN CENTRE D’ART (FR), CCN2 Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble (FR)
residency support CCN – Ballet de Lorraine (FR), STUK (BE), PACT Zollverein (DE), WP Zimmer (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Cie THOR (BE), Co-laBo at Les Ballets C de la B (BE)
Arkadi Zaides is a Belarusian-born choreographer and dancer. After dancing for Batsheva Dance Company and Yasmeen Godder Dance Group, he begins an independent career. Through his works he has been exploring a wide range of social and political issues, from the Israeli / Palestinian, to – most recently – the European one. 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.