Alexandra Bachzetsis. *Massacre: Variations on a Theme.* 2016. Rehearsal image. © 2016 Alexandra Bachzetsis. Photo: Sotiris Vassiliou

MoMA presents Massacre: Variations on a Theme, a major new performance commission by Alexandra Bachzetsis. Comprising choreography for three dancers and a musical composition for two pianos, Bachzetsis’s performance positions the female body as a technological form caught between animism and automatism, with a physical and visual vocabulary drawn from tarantism, classic Northern Soul dancing, Dada and Surrealism, and the movements of pioneering figures in dance, including Trisha Brown and Simone Forti.

Massacre consists of a video installation on view during regular Museum hours, and four ticketed live performances. Performance times are listed below, and tickets are available through Showclix.

Performances

Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 27, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 8:00 p.m.

Credits

Concept and choreography: Alexandra Bachzetsis
Performers: Simon Bucher, Mischa Cheung, Yumiko Funaya, Lenio Kaklea, and Alma Toaspern
Collaboration movement: Nuno Bizarro
Music and composition: Tobias Koch
Costume design: Cosima Gadient
Costume assistant: Yonatan Zohar
Costume painting: Margarita Bofiliou
Costume painting assistance: Sofia Simaki
Light design and technique: Patrik Rimann
Communication design: Julia Born

Video: Alexandra Bachzetsis in collaboration with Glen Fogel
Directed by Alexandra Bachzetsis and Glen Fogel
Edited by Glen Fogel
Performers featured in the video: Alexandra Bachzetsis, Clara Becker, Nuno Bizarro, Margarita Bofiliou, Simon Bucher, Mischa Cheung, Yumiko Funaya, Lenio Kaklea, Antria Kyriakidou, Tobias Koch, Patrik Rimann, Alexandra Rogovska, Alma Toaspern, Sotiris Vasiliou, Dimitra Vlachou, Yonatan Zohar, and Bree Zucker
Collaboration body painting: Margarita Bofiliou
Body painting assistance: Sofia Simaki and Antria Kyriakidou
Makeup and hair: Olga Patsiou
Video assistance: Pepi Levogianni and Andrew Kerton
Set runner: Romnick Palo
Production management: Clara Becker
Production assistant: Sotiris Vasiliou
Production: Association All Exclusive
Association management: Anna Geering

The artist gratefully acknowledges support from Kooperative Fördervereinbarung between Stadt Zürich, Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia-Schweizer Kulturstiftung, GGG Basel, and Jubiläumsstiftung Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank.

Massacre: Variations on a Theme was co-produced with Kaserne Basel and Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zürich.

Massacre: Variations on a Theme is commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Organized at MoMA by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, with Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, and produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Performance Producer, with Kate Scherer, Assistant Performance Coordinator.

Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art and by The Modern Women’s Fund.

Pianos provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from Alice and Tom Tisch, Glenn and Eva Dubin, The Donald R. Mullen Family Foundation, Inc., The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

  1. Tuesday, January 24,
    8:00 p.m.

    Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    The Museum of Modern Art

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  2. Wednesday, January 25,
    8:00 p.m.

    Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    The Museum of Modern Art

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  3. Friday, January 27,
    10:00 p.m.

    Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    The Museum of Modern Art

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  4. Saturday, January 28,
    8:00 p.m.

    Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    The Museum of Modern Art

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