SAD SAM ALMOST 6
In this disturbing plunge into the world of childhood, play serves as a means of release and of exorcising demons. A subtle piece by a dynamic emerging artist in the Balkan avant-garde.
IN ALL INNOCENCE
Totally absorbed by his game, a child teaches a class to a horde of animal figurines, giving them orders, encouraging them, snubbing them. He exercises his control with authoritarian outbursts and soothing speeches, and exorcises his fears using paper costumes. Slowly trouble insinuates itself into this childhood scene. The tender blond head is supplanted by a cruel despot; the happy-go-lucky attitude gives way to anxiety, the situation now precarious. Growing up is not easy. The world of adults is maybe not so idyllic after all.
A dynamic emerging performance artist in the Balkan avant-garde, Matija Ferlin conveys with impressive fidelity the discrepancy between a child’s viewpoint and that of an adult in Sad Sam Almost 6, questioning our perception of the world. This subtle, disturbing piece stands in sharp contrast to Sad Sam Lucky, another solo work presented at the Festival.
PRODUCED BY EMANAT INSTITUTE + FERLIN D.O.O
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY MATIJA FERLIN
DRAMATURG KATJA PRAZNIK
SET DESIGN ARTIKL + SILVIO ŽIVKOVIĆ
COSTUME DESIGN ARTIKL
LIGHTING DESIGN SAŠA FISTRIĆ + URŠKA VOHAR
COPRODUCTION CHEZ BUSWICK (NEW YORK) + BUNKER – THE OLD POWER STATION ELEKTRO (LJUBLJANA)
WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF ISTRIA REGION + MINISTRY OF CULTURE (SLOVENIA) AND THE SUPPORT OF TANZQUARTIER WIEN + KULTURKONTAKT AUSTRIA THROUGH ITS PROGRAM ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MONUMENT-NATIONAL
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT STARA MESTNA ELEKTRARNA, ELEKTRO LJUBLJANA, JANUARY 30, 2009
MATIJA FERLIN | EMANAT INSTITUTE (PULA)
Free and Unruly Electron
A dynamic emerging artist from the Balkans, Matija Ferlin is an unclassifiable artist whose work is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and atypical experience. Trained in media and graphic arts, theatre and dance, he lived in Amsterdam and Berlin before returning to Croatia where he was born in 1982. In addition to creating his own work, he also collaborates with other artists from diverse backgrounds, working as a performer, actor or artistic consultant. He has worked with the German artist Sasha Waltz, the Canadian Ame Henderson (he was a member of the cast of /Dance/Songs/, FTA 2009 and created with her The Most Together We’ve Ever Been), the Quebecer Luc Dunberry and the Slovene Maja Delak, the founder of the Emanat Institute for the Affirmation and Development of Dance and Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, which has presented his works.
He has four short films and five exhibits to his credit, in addition to a dozen performances including solo works where he recounts the changing nature of his personal and professional identity: Sad Sam Almost 6 (2009) and Sad Sam Lucky, which last year received an award in Serbia for its exceptional expressiveness and inventiveness. Since 2004 he has been presenting his work in Europe and North America. In 2011 he was rated one of the best choreographers of the year by the New York publication V Magazine. He also received choreography awards in 2012 in Croatia, and in 2013 in Slovenia.