Matija Ferlin: Sad Sam Lucky


Matija Ferlin: Sad Sam Lucky foto/photo: Danko Stjepanović


Sad Sam Lucky, a new solo creation 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.

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.

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Choregraphed & performed: Matija Ferlin
Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec
Original texts: Srečko Kosovel
Other texts: Matija Ferlin
Music: Luka Prinčič
Set: Mauricio Ferlin
Light design: Saša Fistrić
Costume: Matija Ferlin
Design: Tina Ivezić
Visuals: Christophe Chemin
Photography: Danko Stjepanović, Nada Žgank
Translations: Katja Kosi, Daniela Bilić Rojnić
Project assistants: Ana Kovačević, Nina Janež


Produced and organized by: Emanat
Co-produced by: Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Centre National de la Danse
Hosted and co-produced by: 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

Reviews and media

/.../ With his physical manifestation and reliance on confession, internal struggles, stylistic paintings and the ideological revolutionary nature of Kosovel's poetry, Ferlin approached him at the same time and distanced himself from him at the same time. In the concretized melancholy, articulated at the beginning of each new dramaturgical (Goran Ferčec) structure ("I have a lot to do today. Isn't that cheerful?"), the experience of Ferlin's stage and Kosovel's literary presence was almost completely equated. However, since Ferlin at times abstracted Kosovel's verses in terms of content, the common point of the creators at a given moment could only be a sincere move of personal expression in a work of art that is otherwise intended for everyone. This makes it easier to express Kosovel's eternal relevance, which Ferlin takes on stage and conveys through another medium, not only because of the artistic genre (poetry and stage), but because Ferlin to some extent keeps Kosovel on stage and upgrades it with the most honest version of oneself. /.../
Koridor, 6.5.2022, Sad Sam Lucky, Živa Kadunc

Collected reviews, Sad Sam Lucky
Sad Sam Lucky, programme, Kunstenfestivaldasarts, May 2013
10.05.2013, Sad Sam Lucky,, Review
15.05.2013, Duelles Bruxelles, Mouvement, Gerard Mayen
26.09.2013, La réjouissance du charbon, L'insensé, Malte Schwind 
18.03.2014, Da Castellucci a Jerome Bel, un "Uovo" pieno di sorprese, Simona Spaventa, La Republica
19.03.2014, Sad Sam Lucky, κριτική παρουσίαση της Έφης Καλογεροπούλου, Thraka-magazine, Εφη Καλογεροπούλου, θεατρολόγος
19.03.2014, Uovo, Performing Art Festival a Milano, Violetta Gatti, Vouge Italia
19.03.2014, Everyone goes to Uovo, Man in town
20.03.2014, Collected reviews from Ouvo festival
31.03.2014, FTA kicks off diverse, vibrant dance season, Victor Swoboda, The Montreal Gazete
31.03.2014, Interview with Matija Ferlin, FTA
04.04.2014, Uovo Performing Arts FestivalXII Edition, Milan 19.-23.03.2014,
26.05.2014, Reviews from FTA festival, Montreal
04.10.2015, A Sarajevo il teatro fa i conti cn la memoria, Andrea Porcchedu, Gli Stati Generali
21.11.2016, Matija Ferlins Sad Sam Lucky in Klagenfurt, Eveline Koberg,
14.01.2017, Il Teatro Contatto il performer croato Matija Ferlin, InstrArt, webmagazine
21.01.2017, Le parole sincere, On Stage, Zoraide Cremonini
21.01.2017, Sad Sam Lucky, CSS Udine
21.01.2017, Matija Ferlin, performer croato a teatro Contato, Danza & Danza Web, Elisabetta Ceron
21.01.2017, Matija Ferlin: Danza alleorigini dell'infanzia, Cultura
23.01.2017, Matija e i 126 toys che incarnano le nostre paure, Messagero de lunedi, Elisabetta Ceron

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