Arkadi Zaides (1979, Belarus) is an independent choreographer who emigrated to Israel in 1990 and currently lives and works in Belgium and France. He performed for several Israeli companies such as the Batsheva Dance Company and the Yasmeen Godder Dance Group, before embarking on an independent career in 2004. He got his Master’s degree in choreography at the Theaterschool in the Netherlands. His performances and installations have been presented at numerous dance and theater festivals, museums and galleries across Europe, North and South America and Asia. In his work, Zaides addresses social and political issues, previously focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian context, and currently on the European one. Zaides’ artistic practice aims to initiate critical debate, concentrating on the body as a medium through which social and political issues are experienced most acutely. He is a recipient of numerous awards among them the Emile Zola Prize for Performing Arts for demonstrating engagement in human rights issues in his work Archive (2013) and the Kurt Joss award for his work Solo Colores (2010).