Matija Ferlin: SAD SAM LUCKY

Sad Sam Lucky, by the Croatian choreographer and performer Matija Ferlin is a continuation of the ongoing romantic conceptual series Sad Sam that started in January 2004 in Amsterdam when the first Sad Sam Now I am was premiered. The second solo creation Sad Sam Almost 6 was presented in January 2009 and the Sad Sam Lucky followed in 2012. After many successful performances he developed between 2012 and 2020, he returned to the Sad Sam series last year and crowned it with the staging of Sad Sam Matthäus in co-production with the Wiener Festowchen and the Centre national de la danse.
Due to the great interest in Matija’s work, the Emanat Institute and the author decided to renew the performance Sad Sam Lucky in 2022.
Ferlin’s performance Sad Sam Lucky is a physical response to the work of the Slovenian avant-garde poet Srečko Kosovel (1904 – 1926) whose confessional poetry is profound, contemporary in its spirit, internal tension and stylistic imagery, at the same time revolutionary in its ideas, brimming with immediate reflections of his personality, deeply touching and poetically invaluable.
Driven by the lasting relevance of Kosovel’s verses, his honesty, melancholic prophecy and sentimental tragedy – Ferlin in Sad Sam Lucky creates a form of a highly physical, turbulent and emotional homage to this very unique avant-garde author.

Choregraphy and performance: Matija Ferlin
Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec
Original texts: Srečko Kosovel
Other texts: Matija Ferlin
Music: Luka Prinčič
Set design: Mauricio Ferlin
Light design: Saša Fistrić (for performance in Ljubljana Aljaž Zaletel)
Costume design: Matija Ferlin

Production: Emanat
Co-production: Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Centre National de la Danse
Host and co-production: Zagreb dance center
Partners: Bunker – The Old Power Station, Elektro Ljubljana, Festival of Dance and Non-verbal Theater, San Vincenti
Financial support: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Republic Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Minicipality of Pula


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02. 03. 2022




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