Alexandra Bachzetsis: Chasing a Ghost


© Photo: Mathilde Agius

Concept and Choreography: Alexandra Bachzetsis 
Collaboration Concept and Stage: Sotiris Vasiliou
Creation and Performance: Alexandra Bachzetsis, Johanna Willig-Rosenstein, Owen Ridley-DeMonick, Gabriel Schenker, Sotiris Vasiliou
Music Arrangement and Performance: Simon Bucher and Mischa Cheung
Sound Concept: Lies Vanborm
Commissioning Curator: Hendrik Folkerts
Dramaturgy: Dorota Sajewska

Fashion Design: Léa Dickely and Hung La / Kwaidan Editions
Conceptual Advice and Research: Christian Hersche
Styling: Priska Morger and Eva Buehler

Communication Design: Julia Born 
Photography: Mathilde Agius
First Photography Assistant: Andreas Warren Matti
Second Photography Assistant: Fabienne Watzke
Hair and Makeup Shooting: Stephanie Kunz
Technical Direction/Light Design: Patrik Rimann 
Sound Engineering: Jonas Häni
Technical Support Tour: Matyas Bokor
Management: Anna Geering
Production: Association All Exclusive, Anna Geering, Daphni Antoniou
Tour Management: Daphni Antoniou
Commissioned by: The Art Institute of Chicago


Supported by: The cooperative support agreement between the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich, and Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Migros-Kulturprozent, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung

Co-produced by: Art Gallery of Ontario; Mudam Luxembourg; PACT Zollverein, Essen; Tanzquartier Wien; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; Julidans, Amsterdam; 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,

In-Kind Sponsorship: Yamaha Pianos, provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York; Kwaidan Editions, London

Additional thanks to Cynthia Leung, Edward Traskowski, Paul B. Preciado, Adam Szymczyk, Verena Bachzetsis, Jannis Tsingaris, André Desponds, Aphroditi Antoniou, Raphael Hefti, Elodie Pong, Mathias Ringgenberg, and Li Tavor.

10/30 | 6:00 PM
11/01 | 8:00 PM
11/02 | 8:00 PM
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave, Chicago
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One of the most provocative and innovative choreographers of our time, Alexandra Bachzetsis (born 1974, Swiss-Greek) proposes the body as an artistic and critical lens through which to look at contemporary image production. For her newly commissioned work, Chasing a Ghost, the artist collaborates with four dancers and two pianists to create a series of duets that revolve around the notion of the double. Bachzetsis draws from the fields of popular culture, literature, art history, and fashion to expand the choreographic archetype of the duet to include references to the doppelganger, the mirror image, and uncanny doubling.

In Chasing a Ghost, Bachzetsis connects and disrupts. She produces an image, a movement, or a sound in order to double it almost immediately. A sound that one might recognize becomes something different, a space that seemed familiar is shown from a different angle, and a movement that just occurred reappears in a different shape a second later. Closely investigating fluidity and permanence by way of the body, identity, the (moving) image, and the space of performance, Bachzetsis makes us wonder what we think we just saw and allows us to see it again in a different light. Chasing a Ghost is the first presentation of Bachzetsis’s work in Chicago. 

Chasing a Ghost is part of Iterations, generously supported by the Society for Contemporary Art, with additional support for Chasing a Ghost provided by the Goethe-Institut, Chicago, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago, and the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago. Commissioning Curator: Hendrik Folkerts

Alexandra Bachzetsis: Chasing a Ghost Documentary Short Film

by PACT Zollverein

About the Artist

Born in Zurich in 1974, Alexandra Bachzetsis is a choreographer and visual artist based in Zurich and Athens. Her practice unfolds at the intersection of dance, performance, the visual arts and theatre, generating a conflation of the spaces in which the body, as an artistic and critical apparatus, can manifest. Bachzetsis studied at the Zürcher Kunstgymnasium, the Dimitrischule in Verscio, the Performance Education Program at the STUK arts centre in Leuven, and is a graduate of the DasArts postgraduate course for the performing arts at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK). Since she started working independently in 2001, she has created over 24 pieces, often collaboratively, which have been shown at theatres, festivals and public spaces worldwide. In addition to this, her work has been exhibited in a variety of contemporary art spaces and museums, including Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, 2008), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2013 and 2015), Tate Modern (London, 2014) and the Jumex Museum (Mexico City, 2014), as well as a number of international biennials, such as the 5th Berlin Biennial (Berlin, 2008), (d)OCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, 2012) and the Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva, 2014). Bachzetsis was nominated for the DESTE Prize (2011) and is a recipient of the Migros Kulturprozent Jubilee Award (2007), the Swiss Art Award (2011 and 2016), The Swiss Performance Prize (2012) and, most recently, The Art Prize of the City of Zurich (2018). In 2016, Brachzetsis participated in ›The Parliament of Bodies‹ and ›Continuum‹, Public Programmes at documenta 14. In January 2017, she presented ›Massacre: Variations on a Theme‹ at MoMA, New York City. Later that year her work was included in documenta 14 exhibitions in both Athens and Kassel.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices.

The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as both a museum and school for the fine arts in 1879, a critical era in the history of Chicago as civic energies were devoted to rebuilding the metropolis that had been destroyed by the Great Fire of 1871. The Art Institute found its permanent home in 1893, when it moved into a building constructed on what is recognized today as the traditional homelands of the Council of Three Fires—the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. Built jointly with the city of Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street, that building—its entry flanked by the two famous bronze lions—remains the “front door” of the museum even today.

In keeping with the academic origins of the institution, a research library was constructed in 1901; eight major expansions for gallery and administrative space have followed, with the latest being the Modern Wing, which opened in 2009. The permanent collection has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,000 works of art in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design and from textiles to installation art. Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States.