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Chasing a Ghost, Performance by Alexandra Bachzetsis


The performance includes some nudity.


15€ until 15.09.2020, and 20€ from 16.09.2020

Booking required

Seats are limited

Subject to modification or cancellation

Mandatory masks

In absence of social distancing, masks are mandatory all through the performance to vouch for the safety of the performers and the audience.


Joel Valabrega, Mudam Luxembourg

Working at the intersection of dance, performance art, visual arts and theatre, Bachzetsis questions gender stereotypes from a broad frame of reference including literature, art, history, fashion and popular culture. Her energetic and dazzlingly visual choreography is based on gestures and attitudes in which identities are inverted and destabilised.

Chasing a Ghost comprises a series of ten duets performed by four dancers and two pianists. Bachzetsis expands the choreographic archetype of the duet to include references to the doppelganger, the mirror image and the uncanny. Images, movements and sounds are produced and doubled almost immediately. A sound that seems recognisable is quickly transformed into something different. A space that seems familiar is shown from a different angle. A movement that just occurred reappears in a different shape. Combining live music and performance with video and recorded sound, Chasing a Ghost investigates fluidity and permanence via the body, identity, the moving image and performance, challenging definitions of physical, emotional and psychological relationships.

Chasing a Ghost is produced in collaboration with Art Institute of Chicago, Art Gallery of Ontario; PACT Zollverein, Essen; Tanzquartier Wien; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; Julidans, Amsterdam; Gessnerallee Zürich. The production is supported by Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Stadt Zürich, Kanton Zürich, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Migros Kulturprozent and Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung. Co-production as part of Veranstalterfonds, Reso – Tanznetzwerk Schweiz.

Biography Alexandra Bachzetsis:

Alexandra Bachzetsis is a choreographer and visual artist who lives and works in Zurich. After a multidisciplinary training in theatre, dance and art, she collaborated with Sascha Waltz in Berlin and the Ballets C. de la B. in Ghent. Since 2001, Bachzetsis has been working independently and has created, often in collaboration, works that have been shown in theatres, festivals and public places worldwide. In addition, her works have been presented in numerous contemporary art spaces and museums, including the Kunsthalle Basel, the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Tate Modern (London) and the Jumex Museum (Mexico City), as well as at international biennials. Bachzetsis was nominated for the DESTE Prize (2011) and is the winner of the Migros Kulturprozent Jubilee Award (2007), the Swiss Art Award (2011 and 2016), the Swiss Performance Prize (2012) and the Art Prize of the City of Zurich (2018).

© Photo: Mathilde Agius

© Photo: Mathilde Agius