Alexandra Bachzetsis is a choreographer and artist trained in theater and visual arts, with an early career as a professional dancer. Bachzetsis’s involvement in theater and dance comes from a desire to explore the human body—and in particular the female body—through its codifications in mainstream media and the fine arts. Bachzetsis closely examines the gestures we see in television, film, porn, dance, yoga, aerobics, and more, watching how they are coded and then regurgitated off-screen in our daily lives.
For the High Line, Bachzetsis presents and performs two works in a series: the solo work PRIVATE: Wear a mask when you talk to me and Private Song, with Bachzetsis, Sotiris Vasiliou, and Thibault Lac. For the first piece, Bachzetsis stages banal and mutating gestures from myriad gendered references—including Greek Tsifteteli and Greek Zeibekiko dance. Private Song proposes framing as a perceptual strategy for questioning the spectator’s relation to moving bodies on stage. The piece features popular Rebetiko songs from the 1940s and 1950s, and works with wrestling, Hollywood gender models, and the pictorial history of representations of love and battle.
Image: Alexandra Bachzetsis, PRIVATE: Wear a mask when you talk to me, 2016. Kunstverein Hannover. Photo © China Hopson