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Featured: Bad Co. (Zagreb, Croatia)

BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. The artistic core of the collective are Pravdan Devlahović, Ivana Ivković, Ana Kreitmeyer, Tomislav Medak, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Nikolina Pristaš and Zrinka Užbinec.

BADco. League of Time (2009), Photo: Lovro Rumiha

As a combination of four choreographers / dancers, two dramaturgs and one philosopher, 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.

Fleshdance

Fleshdance

So far the group has produced the following performances: Man.Chair (2000),2tri4 (2001), Diderot’s Nephew or Blood is Thicker than Water (2001), Solo Me(2002), RibCage (2002), Walk This Way (2003), Mass (for Election Day Silence) (2003), Deleted Messages (2004), Fleshdance (2004), memories are made of this… performance notes (2006), Gravidation (2006), Changes (2007),1 poor and one 0 (2008), The League of Time (2009).

Ribcage / Rebro kao zeleni zidovi

Ribcage / Rebro kao zeleni zidovi

BADco’s performances were presented in Zagreb, Dubrovnik (Art Workshop Lazareti), Rijeka (Male scene, Drugo More, Rijeka Summer Nights), Pula (MKFM), Osijek (Barutana, National theatre Osijek), Umag (Golden Lion Festival), Prague (Dance Zone, 4+4 Days in Motion), Warsaw (Rozdroze Festival), London (The Place/Aerowaves), Greifswald (Tanztendänzen), Amsterdam (Julidans), Luxemburg (Coeur des Capucines), Sibiu, Bergen (BIT), New York (PS122), San Diego (Sushi), Berlin (Podewill), Vienna (Tanzquartier Wien), Ljubljana (Exodos), Sarajevo (Days of Croatian Culture), Novi Sad (Infant, Balkan Dance Platform), Belgrade, Piran, Athens (Biennale of Youth),Tallin (Kanuti Gildi), Klaipeda, Gdansk, Liepaja, Koper, Stockholm, Podgorica (SEAS project / Intercult), Skopje (Balkan Dance Platform), Sttutgart (Treffpunkt), Riga (Homo Novus), Constanta (SEAS), Graz (Steirischer Herbst), Odessa (SEAS), Istanbul (SEAS), Madrid (In-presentable), Zadar (Zadar snova), Berlin (Tanz im August), Bergen (Oktoberdans), Tromso, London (Chelsea Theatre), Exeter, Bath, Lincoln (LPAC), Ankara, Roubaix (Les Reperages), Copenhagen (Metropolis Biennalen), Gothenburg (SEAS), Skegness (SEAS)…

Works:

2009:
The League of Time / Liga vremena

2008:
1 poor and one 0/1 siromašan i jedna 0
1 poor and one 0: On Exhaustion/Umor, work-in-progress

2007:
Changes/Promjene

2006:
memories are made of this… performance notes
Gravidation/Stanje br. 2

2005:
year of research/godina istraživanja

2004:
Deleted Messages
FleshDance

2003:
RibCage/Rebro kao zeleni zidovi
Walk This Way
Mass for Electionday Silence/Misa za predizbornu šutnju

2002:
Persen
Solo Me

2001:
2Tri4
Diderot’s Nephew, Or Blood is Thicker than Water/Diderotov nećak, ili krv nije voda

2000:
Man.Chair/Čovjek.Stolac

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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