Director: Goran Sergej Pristaš
Choreographer: Nikolina Pristaš
Performers: Pravdan Devlahović, Ana Kreitmeyer, Nikolina Pristaš, Josipa Štulić & Zrinka Užbinec
Dramaturge: Goran Ferčec
Stage design and drawing: Siniša Ilić
Software: Daniel Turing & Anton Koch
Producer: Lovro Rumiha
The Drawer is situated in an atelier scattered with objects that have a limited function. Amongst these objects and together with them the performers dedicate their dancing to an encounter with a reflection, to an endeavor to resist being dependent upon one’s own image, its history and its exhibition value.
“Despite the fact that the spectator never leaves her seat or “participates” in the performance in any way her position is manifoldly problematized. The process of gaze circulation is not activated by the usual mechanics of gaze exchange whereby performers activate the spectators by watching them thus mobilizing their sense of presence and self-awareness, quite the contrary, our spectatorial position is intensified without them ever laying an eye on us.” - Una Bauer, Kulturpunkt
The Drawer is developed as a series of encounters of BADco. with the visual artist Siniša Ilić, writer and dramaturge Goran Ferčec and students of dance from The Danish National School of Performing Arts who are spending their internship with BADco. After two months of collaboration and sharing of the process, the artists involved will go each separate ways; BADco. will continue to perform their version and the students their own version(s) of the performance, making it thus only partially possible to predict similarities and differences in the performances’ afterlife.
Project supported by: Zagreb City Council for Education, Culture and Sport; Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia
“When a man begins to consecrate himself before intercourse with his wife with a sacred intention, a holy spirit is aroused above him, composed of both male and female.And the Holy One, blessed be He, directs an emissary who is in charge of human embryos, and assigns to him this particular spirit, and indicates to him the place to which it should be entrusted.This is the meaning of ” The night said, a man-child has been conceived.” ( Job 3:3 ).“The night said” to this particular emissary, ” a man-child has been conceived ” by so-and-so.And the Holy One, blessed be He, then gives this spirit all the commands that He wishes to give, and they have already explained this.Then the spirit descends together with the image (tselem ), the one in whose likeness [ diyokna ] [ the spirit] existed above.With this image man grows; with this image he moves through the world.This is the meaning of “Surely man walks with an image” ( Psalms 39:7 ).While this image is with him, man survives in the world…. A man’s days exist through the image, and are dependent on it.”
Night had fallen very quickly; all of a sudden, it seemed, the sky went black above the skylight. The keeper switched on the lamps, and we were almost blinded by the blaze of light. We asked him if he couldn’t turn off one of the lamps. The glare off the white walls was making our eyes smart. “Nothing doing,” he said. They’d arranged the lights like that; either one had them all on or none at all. After having had our eyes closed, we had a feeling that the light had grown even stronger than before. There wasn’t a trace of shadow anywhere, and every object, each curve or angle, seemed to score its outline on one’s eyes.
Albert Camus: The Stranger
BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. The artistic core of the collective are Ivana Ivković, Ana Kreitmeyer, Tomislav Medak, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Nikolina Pristaš, Lovro Rumiha and Zrinka Užbinec.
As a combination of three choreographers / dancers, two dramaturgs and one philosopher, plus the company production manager, since its beginning (2000), BADco. systematically focuses on the research of protocols of performing, presenting and observing by structuring its projects around diverse formal and perceptual relations and contexts. Reconfiguring established relations between performance and audience, challenging perspectival givens and architectonics of performance, problematizing of communicational structures – all of that makes BADco. an internationally significant artistic phenomenon and one of the most differentiated performance experiences.