Matija Ferlin first appeared at the Mladi Levi festival in 2007 with his graduation performance Sad Sam. The standing ovations in the Old Power Station marked the beginning of a love affair with the Ljubljana audience. Matija Ferlin is a versatile artist – theatre director, choreographer, as well as performer. This year, he returns to the festival with a complex performance Sad Sam Matthäus, based on the well-known narrative structure of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which Ferlin and dramaturge Goran Ferčec use to reflect on the position of the subject of the performance, the body, which becomes the body of suffering. The entire performance is a collection of personal moments and metaphysical reflection, which create a diversified symbolic corpus of the performance. It is a distinctly multi layered performance, which uses the motif of suffering to deal with Bach’s structure, while preserving its integrity, and at the same time relates to the personal history of Matija Ferlin and his family. The entire storyline is accompanied by St Matthew Passion. Despite the complexity of the performance, Ferlin takes over the stage completely with his presence, revealing his entire wide repertoire, from movement to voice, in a strong three-hour solo.

Direction, choreography and performance: Matija Ferlin Dramaturgija/Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec
Text: Goran Ferčec, Matija Ferlin
Music used: Johann Sebastian Bach, St Matthew Passion, BWV 244, performed by: Philippe Herreweghe / Collegium Vocale Gent, with permission of Harmonia Mundi / [PIAS]
Set design: Mauricio Ferlin
Sound design: Luka Prinčič
Light design, technical director: Saša Fistrić
Costume design: Desa Janković, Matija Ferlin
Assistant director: Rajna Racz
Head of production: Maja Delak
Assistant producer: Sabrina Železnik
Executive producer: Silvija Stipanov
Visual design: Tina Ivezić, Christophe Chemin, Ana Buljan
Produced by: Emanat, Matija Ferlin
Co-produced by: Wiener Festwochen, CND Centre national de la danse, Istarsko narodno kazalište – Gradsko kazalište Pula
Partners: Mediteranski plesni centar Svetvinčenat, Bunker / Stara mestna Elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
Supported by: Zagrebačko kazalište mladih
Financial support: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Mestna občina Ljubljana, Grad Pula, Grad Zagreb

170 minutes

Performance is in English language with Slovenian surtitles.

Photo by: Ana Buljan

Information and ticket reservations:, 00386 51 269 906.


24. 08. 2021