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Alexandra Bachzetsis

Kunsthalle Basel

In her first institutional solo presentation, dancer, choreographer, and performance artist Alexandra Bachzetsis redefined the term show in the museum context. “SHOW” consisted of five evenings of performance spread across four weeks in the Oberlichtsaal of the Kunsthalle, which was transformed into a stage equipped with basic features like theater lights, props, and bleachers. During regular opening hours, the stage remained empty or was used for rehearsals that visitors were free to attend. Two smaller side rooms that served as backstage for the performers during the shows were also on display. One was equipped with a pole, a mirror wall, a CD player, and an animated pole-dancing instruction video; in the other, Bachzetsis’s first performance piece, Perfect, 2001, was screened on a monitor—the only one of her sixteen works so far presented here in a documentary format.

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