Alexandra Bachzetsis

The Stages of Staging

Tanz im August

It’s a romance, a romantic comedy, an action movie, a cover version …

The Swiss choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis incorporates performance, dance and visual arts in her work. Her main interest lies in the codes that govern gestures, both in everyday life and on stage.


In the monochrome interior of a gym strewn with blue mats and balls, ten performers rehearse the production of a video trailer. Slowly their ‘real life’ begins to blur with the performance, as surreal athletic training turns into frantic trance-like dancing, and personal confessions transform into pop songs.


How can one tell a story through moving images and the bodies that comprise them? Why stage privacy for an audience? Are we watching its construction, its failure or simply its trailer? Using film stills as research material, mats as projection surfaces for video close-ups and balls as props, the performance explores contemporary ideas of identity in terms of image-making, framing and athleticism.
Video trailer:

Supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Basel-Landschaft, Kanton Basel-Stadt, Pro Helvetia - Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Markus Weisskopf Basel, Migros-Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, GGG Basel, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank Jubiläumsstiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation. Theater version co-produced by Kaserne Basel, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zürich. In cooperation with Dampfzentrale Bern, ADC Genève, Théâtre Sévelin 36 Lausanne, Reso – dance network Switzerland, Triptic – Kulturaustausch am Oberrhein.

There will be a Physical Introduction to "The Stages of Staging" - For more information click here.

Magazin im August article


Concept and choreography: Alexandra Bachzetsis / Performance and creation: Emese Csornai, Staiv Gentis, Kristinn Guðmundsson, Kiriakos Hadjiioannou, Michael Helland, Benny Jäger, Emilie Nana, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Saga Sigurdardottir, Peter Sattler / Dramaturgy: Quinn Latimer / Music and sound: Tobias Koch / Music and concept advice: Lies Vanborm / Light and technique: Tina Bleuler, Patrik Rimann / Costumes: Patrizia Jaeger / Costume and production assistant: Cosima Gadient / Communication design: Julia Born / Photography and cinetamography: Melanie Hofmann / Production management: Anna Geering


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    Tue 26.8.2014, 13:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
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Sophiensæle Festsaal
Sophienstr. 18, 10178 Berlin

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