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Art, like consciousness, suggests Jacques Derrida, depends on framing, on the “parergon.” From the border surrounding the painted canvas to the proscenium arch or the cinema frame, the “parergon” defines what can be seen. The frame, Derrida argues, upsets the notion that “aesthetic judgment must concern intrinsic beauty and not the around and about.” With three performers, Private Song re-frames some of the elements that were part of the solo performance Private: Wear a Mask When You Talk to Me. While the solo performance uses self-mutation as a technique to explore gender and cultural constructions through the ritualized repetition of embodied gesture, Private Song proposes framing as a perceptual strategy for questioning, underlining, or neutralizing the spectator’s relation to moving bodies on stage. Popular rebetiko songs from the 1940s and 1950s composed by Giannis Papaioannou, Vassilis Tsitsanis, and Giorgos Mitsakis are introduced within the piece—not as a narrative motive but as a means of juxtaposing the singular voices and codified gestures coming from oriental and modern dance as well as wrestling, Hollywood gender models, and the pictorial history of representations of love and battle.
Text: Paul B. Preciado
Entrance: tested, vaxinated or recovered.
Concept and Choreography Alexandra Bachzetsis Performance and Movement Research Alexandra Bachzetsis, Thibault Lac, Sotiris Vasiliou Research Curator Paul B. Preciado Dramaturgy Tom Engels Collaboration Research Rembetiko Culture Alkistis Poulopoulou, Sotiris Vasiliou Music Tobias Koch Recorded Musicians Avgerini Gatsi, Kostis Kostakis, Fotis Vergopoulos, Giannis Zarias Voice Training and Coaching Theodora Baka Communication Design Julia Born Editorial Coordination Private Song Book Henriette Gallus Greek Editing Private Song Book Sotiris Vasiliou Photography Otobong Nkanga and Nikolas Giakoumakis Costume Design Cosima Gadient in collaboration with Yonatan Zohar Light Design and Technique Patrik Rimann Stage Design and Production Assistant Peter Baur Production Association All Exclusive Production Management Regula Schelling & Franziska Schmidt
Supported by Schering Stiftung and Stichting Ammodo // a cooperative funding agreement between the City of Zurich, Canton of Basel-Landschaft, Canton of Basel-Stadt and Pro Helvetia-Schweizer Kulturstiftung // Co-produced with Volksbühne Berlin, Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem // Thanks to Adam Szymczyk, Paul B. Preciado, Hendrik Folkerts, Christoph Platz, Shannon Jackson, Mia Born, Oleg Houbrechts, Otobong Nkanga, Daphni Antoniou, Kelly Tsipni-Kolaza, Lenio Kaklea, Evangelia Karakatsani, Verena Bachzetsis, Jannis Tsingaris, Sakis Bachzetsis
Die Programmreihe UND JETZT? wird gefördert im Impulsprogramm „Kunst trotz Abstand“ des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg.
(c) Nikolas Giakoumakis