2020: Obscene

Alexandra Bachzetsis’s performance piece uses texts and images to explore the ambiguity of “scene” and “obscene”.

  • 28.4.2022 at 19–20.30
  • 29.4.2022 at 19–20.30
in English
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: paid
Tickets include admission to exhibitions on day of performance.

Alexandra Bachzetsis, 2020: Obscene. Photo: Melanie Hofmann.

Addressing conflict through the body 

Alexandra Bachzetsis’s performance is an investigation of the relationship between the body and its consumption by the covetous gaze. While examining the theatre as a problematic machine whose purpose is to manipulate seduction, attraction and sexual identity, the work also explores the body as a place of alienation and limitation.  

2020: Obscene includes four performers, one of whom is the artist herself. The performers are confronted bodily with contradictions between intuition and gesture, light and night, norm and form, conception and action. 

Alexandra Bachzetsis

Alexandra Bachzetsis is a choreographer and visual artist based in Zurich. Her practice combines dance, performance, visual arts and theatre. In her works the body serves as a medium for art and criticism.

The team

Concept and choreography: Alexandra Bachzetsis 
Collaboration concept and staging: 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 makeup: Delia Sciullo  
Technical direction and lighting design: Patrik Rimann  
Production and tour management: Association All Exclusive, Regula Schelling, Franziska Schmidt 
Production assistant: Juliana Simonetti 
Special thanks to: DelgadoFuchs, Jia-Yu Corti for participating in the Open Studio research; Bernhard la Dous, Charlotte Holstein, Alban Schelbert, Jon Brunke 

In cooperation with 

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.

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 

Location and accessibility

Kiasma Theatre is located on the first floor, at the opposite end of the building from the main doors. The theatre has no numbered seats. Jackets and bags can be left to Kiasma’s cloakroom for free.

The top level of Kiasma Theatre is accessible. We recommend to contact Kiasma’s info before if a place for a weelchair is needed.

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