Photographs: 2020: Obscene by Alexandra Bachzetsis © Melanie Hoffmann 

2020: Obscene

In 2020: Obscene, Alexandra Bachzetsis explores the ambiguity of "scene" and "obscene". The performance focuses on the relationship between the staging of the excessive body and its consumption by the coveting gaze and overwhelming textuality. The work examines the problems of theatre as a manipulation machine in places of seduction, attraction, and games of sexual identity on the one hand, and the performing body in its own right as an alienating and limiting force on the other. Throughout the performance, the performers are confronted with their own corporealities - between intuition and gesture, between light and darkness, between score and script, between norm and form, between conception and action. Thus, the piece questions not just the subversive and normative aspects of performance art, but also communication through excess as a radical disruption of formats, gestures, and cultural patterns.


Concept and Choreography
Alexandra Bachzetsis

Collaboration, Concept and Stage 
Sotiris Vasiliou

Collaboration, Concept and Dramaturgy  Dorota Sajewska

Creation and Performance 
Alexandra Bachzetsis
Owen Ridley-DeMonick
Tamar Kisch
Sotiris Vasiliou

Sound Design
Tobias Koch

Costume Design
Christian Hersche
Ulla Ludwig
Laurent Hermann Progin

Communication Design
Julia Born

Melanie Hofmann

Hair and Make-up
Delia Sciullo

Technical Direction and Light
Patrik Rimann

Technical Team
Alban Schelbert
Jon Brunke
Phil Hills
Valentin Biller

3 Channel Video work

Alexandra Bachzetsis

Michał Englert

Directed by
Alexandra Bachzetsis in collaboration with Michał Englert

Michał Englert

Video editing
Sotiris Vasiliou, Alexandra Bachzetsis

Alexandra Bachzetsis
Owen Ridley-DeMonick
Tamar Kisch
Sotiris Vasiliou

Hair and make-up
Delia Sciullo, Giada Marina Giorgio

Camera Assistance
Paweł Żelasko

Digital Imaging technician 
Marcin Boguszewski

Sound composition and editing
Tobias Koch 

Sound Recording
Arian Frank

Costume Design
Christian Hersche
Ulla Ludwig
Laurent Hermann Progin 

Production and Tour Management
Association All Exclusive, Franziska Schmidt

Production Assistant
Juliana Simonetti

Special Thanks to 
Delgado Fuchs, Jia-Yu Corti for participating in the Open Studio research; Bernhard la Dous, Charlotte Holstein

Supported by
The cooperative support agreement between the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich, and Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung

Co-produced by
Kunsthaus Zürich
Kaserne Basel
Dampfzentrale Bern
Arsenic – Centre d'art scénique contemporain
ADN Neuchâtel
Tanzquartier Wien
Gessnerallee Zürich

This performance is a co-production in the frame of the Programmers’ Fund of Reso—Dance Network Switzerland, supported by Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council