For a number of years now, Alexandra Bachzetsis has been exploring the various provinces and domains of ‘mainstream’ popular culture – hip-hop, fashion, strip-tease, movies – and extracted the signature vignettes and ensemble pieces from it that have come to define her choreographic, performative practice: that of a joyful criticality in which erotics and empathy commingle with the scrupulous detachment of the anthropologist’s gaze – all the time questioning and re-imag(in)ing tropes of contemporary femininity. What i like most is probably Dancing, a dance session stimulated by the artist and performed by several young people in July 2009 at Paradiso, Amsterdam.
She likes to seek out the psychological danger zones of ‘performing’ – where “acting out” and parodic demonstration turn into actual identification and inhabitation, and the academic nuances that keep role-play and reality apart no longer seem to matter all that much. It is within the realm of ‘acting’ and ‘playing’, in the end, that we locate the possibilities for becoming fuller beings.
Selected by Ingrid Melano