Alexandra Bachzetsis’s Massacre: Variations on a Theme

Jan 17–31, 2017


Alexandra Bachzetsis. Massacre: Variations on a Theme. 2016. Rehearsal image. © 2016 Alexandra Bachzetsis. Photo: Sotiris Vassiliou
  • MoMA, Floor 2, Marron Atrium The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium

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.


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.

This performance contains some nudity.


Concept and choreography: Alexandra Bachzetsis
Performers: Simon Bucher, Mischa Cheung, Yumiko Funaya, Lenio Kaklea, Alma Toaspern
Music composition: Tobias Koch
Collaboration movement: Nuno Bizarro
Costume design: Cosima Gadient
Costume assistant: Yonatan Zohar
Collaboration costume and body painting: Margarita Bofiliou
Costume and body painting assistants: Sofia Simaki, Antria Kyriakidou, Bree Zucker
Lighting design and technique: Patrik Rimann

Video: Alexandra Bachzetsis in collaboration with Glen Fogel
Directed by Alexandra Bachzetsis and Glen Fogel
Music and sound design by Tobias Koch
Performers featured in the video: Yumiko Funaya, Lenio Kaklea, Alma Toaspern, Dimitra Vlachou
Body painting model: Alexandra Rogovska
Makeup and hair: Olga Patsiou
Video assistants: Pepi Levogianni, Andrew Kerton
Set runner: Romnick Palo

Production management: Clara Becker
Production assistant: Sotiris Vasiliou
Production: Association All Exclusive
Association management: Anna Geering
Artist promotion design: Julia Born

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; with special thanks to Andreas Melas.

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.


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