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.
In 2018 she performed for the first time at PACT in her solo ›PRIVATE: Wear a mask when you talk to me‹ and will be returning later this year to premiere her latest production ›Escape Act‹.