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Alexandra Bachzetsis’s piece uses body, text and image to explore the ambiguity of “scene” and “obscene”. Together with three co-performers she is focusing on the relationship between the staging of the excessive body and its consumption by the coveting gaze and the overwhelming textuality. On the one hand, the work examines the problems of theatre as a manipulation machine with regard to seduction, attraction and games of sexual identity; on the other hand, it explores the performing body itself as a place of alienation and limitation of the human being. The performers are confronted with their own corporealities – with the contradictions between intuition and gesture, light and night, score and script, norm and form, conception and action. The piece, thus, not only questions the subversive and the normative in performance art, but also addresses itself to communication through excess as a radical interruption of formats, gestures, cultural patterns and archetypes.
Text: Dorota Sajewska
Photo: Melanie Hofman
About Alexandra Bachzetsis
Alexandra Bachzetsis is a choreographer and visual artist living and working in Zurich. Her artistic practice unfolds at the meeting points of dance, performance, visual art and theater. Many of her works explore choreographies of the body and in particular the question of how we appropriate gestures, modes of expression, patterns of identification and fantasies from pop culture when we constantly redesign and redefine our bodies. Bachzetsis is interested in the reciprocal influence between "popular-commercial" media (social media, video clips or television) and "art" (ballet, modern and contemporary dance, performance and visual arts). Alexandra Bachzetsis' works have been shown worldwide in important museums and theaters, as well as biennials and festivals.
Text: Mirjam Varadinis
Concept and Choreography Alexandra Bachzetsis Collaboration, Concept and Stage Sotiris Vasiliou Collaboration, Concept and Dramaturgy Dorota Sajewska Creation and Performance Alexandra Bachzetsis, Owen Ridley-DeMonick, Tamar Kisch, Sotiris Vasiliou Sound Design Tobias Koch Costume Design Christian Hersche, Ulla Ludwig, Laurent Hermann Progin Communication Design Julia Born Photography Melanie Hofmann Hair and Make-Up Delia Sciullo // Technical Direction and Light Design Patrik Rimann
Supported by The cooperative support agreement between the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich, and Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung Co-produced by Kunsthaus Zürich, Kaserne Basel, Dampfzentrale Bern, L'Arsenic – Centre d'art scénique contemporain Lausanne, ADN Neuchâtel, Tanzquartier Wien, Gessnerallee Zürich. This performance is a co-production in the frame of the Programmers’ Fund of Reso—Dance Network Switzerland supported by Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council
Duration app. 85 min. Language English
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The program UND JETZT? is funded in the impulse program "Kunst trotz Abstand" of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.