Alexandra Bachzetsis [CH]
18.03 – 20.03.2010
An erotic anthropological view of our society
Alexandra Bachzetsis, who comes from Switzerland, has danced in productions by Christine De Smedt, Koen Augustijnen, Sasha Waltz and others. Her own work occasionally leans towards performance and video art and then again towards theatre and dance. Over the past few years she has been exploring the realms of mainstream popular culture such as hip-hop, fashion, striptease and film.
In Dream Season Bachzetsis examines the conventions of soap opera. The protagonists are two women and two men, a recipe for a potential romantic disaster. Like pawns on a chessboard, they represent a series of archetypal characters in endless combinations. As in a real soap opera, the ‘story’ is regularly interrupted by ‘reality’: commercial breaks which are here ‘enacted’ by the same actors. The shifts between ‘real’ and ‘acted’ in Dream Season tell us, the theatre-goers, TV viewers and shoppers, something about our identity in a society dominated by buying and selling. After all, isn’t Paris Hilton simply a persona invented to sell a perfume named after a certain Paris Hilton?
Dream Season is a soap opera and a study of soap opera, a story and a meta-story. As always, Bachzetsis plays on the thin line that separates parody and empathy, analysis and identification. Dream Season is amusingly critical, contemporary and feminine. It is an erotic anthropological view of our society.
concept, choreography Alexandra Bachzetsis | performance Alexandra Bachzetsis, Nicolas Lloyd, Liz Kinoshita, Gabriel Schenker/Garlos Garbin, Martina-Sofie Wildberger | dramaturgy Nicole Borgeat | light Tina Bleuler | music Lies Vanborm | costumes Tina Bleuler in collaboration with Linda Dürst | set design in collaboration with Sylvie Kleiber | video in collaboration with Patriez van der Wens | graphic design Julia Born, Boyplaygirl | production All Exclusive/Alexandra Bachzetsis
| co-production Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich), Dampfzentrale (Bern), Theater Chur, Arsenic (Lausanne), ADC (Geneva) | support Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Päsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Kanton Zürich, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung (SIS), Reso Danse