Award for best performance by Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia goes to Matija Ferlin


Matija Ferlin: Sad Sam Matthäus Foto/Photo: Aleš Rosa

Tonight, the closing event of the 57th Festival Borštnikovo srečanje ended in Maribor with the ceremony of festival and professional awards. The Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers awarded the prize for the best performance of the previous season to the Emanat Institute and choreographer Matija Ferlin for the performance Sad Sam Matthäus, which premiered at the Wiener Festwochen in 2021 and premiered last June in the Old City Power Station - Elektro Ljubljana. The co-producers of the performance are Wiener Festwochen, CND Centre national de la danse and the Istrian National Theater - Pula City Theater.

The award-winning performance will be shown to the Slovenian audience again in November at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. The largest Slovenian congress and staging house has invited the Emanat Institute and Matija Ferlina to prepare days dedicated to the author's oeuvre, where, in addition to the play Sad Sam Matthäus audience will be able to see performance Samice by Istrian National Theater - Pula City Theater and Sad Sam Revisited, fitsy Ferlin's solo from the series Sad Sam, made as part of his master's degree at SNDO - School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2004. The performances will be accompanied by a lecture on the author's work and talks with guests moderated by Rok Bozovičar. There will also be an installation on display, which will show the important highlights of other Ferlin performances created in the last 10 years and will be prepared by the author's long-time collaborator Mauricio Ferlin. Sad Sam Manifestation, as the days were titled by the Emanat Institute and Cankarjev dom, will take place between 5 and 8 November 2022. More detailed information about the program and ticket purchase will soon be available at organizers web sites. 

Matija Ferlin is a Croatian theatre director, ensemble dance piece choreographer and performer of his own one-man shows. Graduated from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and subsequently lived and worked in Berlin and Toronto. After returning to his hometown Pula, where he was born in 1982, he focused on researching and rearticulating different concepts of stage performance, collaborating both with actors and dancers.

The multiple award winning Ferlin presented and performed his own work throughout Europe and America at numerous festivals such as Impulstanz in Vienna, Festival Trans Amerique in Montreal, Young Lions and Gibanica in Ljubljana, Ex-Yu festival in New York, Rhubarb Festival in Toronto, Uovo Festival in Milano, Kunstenfestivaldesartes in Brussels, Festival Infant in Novi Sad, Bitef festival in Belgrade, Mess festival in Sarajevo, Festival Actoral in Marseille, Zero point in Prague and many others.