Born in Israel, living in Europe. During the past years Adva Zakai has been exploring various performance formats where she has acted as a choreographer, a performer or a curator. Her choreographic works explore often how body and language are perceived through each other, and evoke an experience that can be grasped through multiple perspectives. Her work is presented in theatres, museums, galleries and apartments. During 2010, she obtained an artistic research grant, in the framework of the post master program a.pass in Antwerp, in which she researched the influence of a curatorial approach on the development of new performance formats. She pursued dance education in Israel followed by studies at the Mime School, Amsterdam (2000-2002). Her practice involves collaborations with other artists on participative events, conferences and festivals. She is teaching performance practice in art academy Kask in Gent, Belgium, as well as leading workshops in art and dance academies.
FRAME OF RESEARCH
In collaboration with video artist Effi Weiss and dramaturge Shila Anaraki, Adva Zakai develops a solo show in which the performative act drifts away from her vanishing body towards the flat space of a screen. Fascinated by discourses around the post-organic body, yet without subscribing to them, she playfully asks: how will I continue dancing once I no longer have a body ?
In Last seen standing between brackets there will be movement and rhythm, crescendo and virtuosity, virtual pirouettes and coded gestures. Only the dancer’s body will appear to be missing.
Co-produced by Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Playground festival (Leuven), with the support of Bain Connective, Brussels.
image credits: © Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker / workspacebrussels