Performance
Alexandra Bachzetsis

2020: Obscene

Not language-based.
Co-Production: 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
Sa, 10.09.2022
Guest Production | Wiesbaden BiennaleGrosses Haus19:30 - 21:00
2020: Obscene
Photo: Melanie Hofmann
2020: Obscene
Photo: Melanie Hofmann
2020: Obscene
Photo: Melanie Hofmann
2020: Obscene
Photo: Melanie Hofmann

Alexandra Bachzetsis’s new piece »2020: Obscene« uses body, text and image to explore the ambiguity of »scene« and »obscene«. Together with four 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.

Please note: this production contains depictions of nudity and / or sexual acts.

Cast

Concept & Choreography Alexandra Bachzetsis
Collaboration: Concept & Stage Sotiris Vasiliou
Collaboration: Concept & Dramaturgy Dorota Sajewska
Sound Design Tobias Koch
Costume Design / Conceptual Advice & Research Christian Hersche, Ulla Ludwig
Lighting Design Patrik Rimann
Production Association All Exclusive, Regula Schelling, Franziska Schmidt
Creation & Performance Alexandra Bachzetsis, Owen Ridley-DeMonick, Tamar Kisch, Sotiris Vasiliou

Sponsors

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