"TALOS" by Arkadi Zaides. Courtesy of the artist. Photos © Dajana Lothert


Exploring the technologies of innovation and the future of borders through motion.

What kind of choreography arises in the proximity of borders? Which strategies of restriction define movement?  TALOS by Arkadi Zaides sets out to explore a dynamic system of action and reaction, limitation and transgression, stasis and mobility. The piece is a response to TALOS, an EU-funded research project in the field of security enforcement for which an advanced system aimed at protecting European land borders was designed. TALOS was a collaborative project involving fourteen institutions from ten countries that was officially conducted between the years 2008-2013. It resulted in the conception of a surveillance system that could be rapidly deployed to any location. This system was to be based on mobile, semi-autonomous robots that patrol border areas and gain physical and performative presence. The TALOS project was never launched and remained an experiment, a test, and a demonstration of technological capabilities. Since 2016, Arkadi Zaides has gathered a team of choreographers, dramaturges, and video artists to develop a performance that questions the TALOS project.


Claire Buisson, Jonas Rutgeerts, Youness Anzane, Nienke Scholts, Effi & Amir, Gabriel Braga, Arkadi Zaides/Ido Gidron, Amit Epstein, Thalie Lurault, Etienne Exbrayat, Simge Gücük 

Performed by 
Arkadi Zaides / Lara Barsacq

Co-produced by
Les Subsistances
La Maison de la Danse 
Tanzquartier Wien 
NEXT Arts Festival
CSS, Villa Manin 
CDC Toulouse
Wiesbaden Biennale
Teaterhuset Avant Garden
CCNN Nantes 
K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg as part of Together Apart project, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Residency support
O Espaço do Tempo
Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer 

With the participation of

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