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ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS - Private: Wear a mask when you talk to me
12 OCT 2017
Alexandra Bachzetsis is one of the most important choreographers on the European dance scene. Her work, which incorporates performance, dance and the visual arts, has been featured at Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2013), Chisenhale Gallery (London, 2012), Documenta 13 (Kassel, 2012) and, more recently, at Documenta 14, which saw the world-premiere of the piece ‘Private Song’, in Athens and Kassel.

The pieces Private: Wear a mask when you talk to me and Private Song will be presented for the first time in Porto, respectively at the Serralves Auditorium and Teatro Nacional de S. João, by invitation of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

In the words of Paul B. Preciado – the prominent thinker in the field of sexual politics and gender with whom Bachzetsis has collaborated on this project, Alexandra Bachzetsis’s solo ‘PRIVATE: Wear a mask when you talk to me’ could be considered a sort of an "equipment piece,” where what it is to be explored is how everyday behaviors of gender and sexual identity are reproduced. Bringing Brown’s choreographic tradition into the highly techno-baroque world of global pop culture, PRIVATE is an unsolicited report, fifty-three minutes in duration, on how gender and sexual desire are fabricated through the ritualized repetition of bodily gestures within the neoliberal regime.
In ‘PRIVATE: Wear a mask when you talk to me’ there are Oriental drag queen dances, gym and western yoga exercises mutating into football and porn poses, stock moves from theatrical training for advertising and the repetition of Michael Jackson’s rituals by teenagers.

Image: Photo (c) Blommers & Schumm
Related Activities
14 OCT (SAT), 14h30-20h30, Serralves Auditorium: ASSEMBLY OF CRITICAL THINKING "METABOLIC RIFTS I"

Curatorship and Organization
PROSPECTIONS for Art, Education and Knowledge Production (Alexandra Balona and Sofia Lemos)

Guest Speakers
Brenna Bhandar, Nikita Dhawan, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Ana Vujanovic.

This program is articulated with the presentation of the performances of Alexandra Bachzetsis.

Access: Free entrance by collecting the ticket in the Museum's reception.

  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule21h30 - 22h30
  • Days12 OCT 2017
  • Price€ 7,50
Concept and choreography 
Alexandra Bachzetsis

Collaboration, creation and mouvement research 
Thibault Lac 

Research curator 
Paul B. Preciado

Costume design 
Cosima Gadient 

Collaboration Sound 
Lies Vanborm 

Light design e técnica 
Patrik Rimann 

Stage design and production assistent 
Sotiris Vasiliou

Supported by
Kooperative Förderververeinbarung between: Stadt Zürich, Kanton Basel-Landschaft, Kanton Basel-Stadt, Pro Helvetia-Schweizer Kulturstiftung, GGG Basel and Ernst Göhner Stiftung 

Coproduced with  
Kaserne Basel, Zürich Tanzt, ICA London, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Tanzhaus Zürich

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