EMANAT - Institute for affirmation and development of dance and contemporary art, Slovenia

Choreographed & performed by Matija Ferlin
Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec
Text: Srečko Kosovel & Matija Ferlin
Music: Luka Prinčič
Stage design: Mauricio Ferlin
Light design: Saša Fistrić
Costume design: Matija Ferlin
Graphic design: Tina Ivezić
Photography: Danko Stjepanović, Nada Žgank
Translation: Katja Kosi, Danijela Bilić Rojnić

Produced & organized by Emanat
Co-produced by Rencontreschorégraphiquesinternationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Centre National de la Danse
Hosted & co-produced by Zagreb Dance Center
Project partnership: Region of Istria, Municipality of San Vincenti, Festival of Dance and Non-Verbal Theater San Vincenti,
Bunker - The Old Power Station - Elektro Ljubljana
Financial support by Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Municipality of Pula

Duration: 65 minutes


Poetry and life of the Slovene poet Srečko Kosovel are starting points in the exploratory process where choreographer and performer Matija Ferlin started his work on the project ‘Sad Sam Lucky’ (‘Now I’m Lucky’), within the ‘Sad Sam’ (‘Now I Am’) series which commenced in 2004.
Kosovel’s melancholic and confessional poetry born between the cruel atmosphere of Slovene karst and existential crisis resulting from World War I, taking long steps through impressionism, symbolism, expressionism and constructivism, physically attacks the language in an attempt to find its ideal form, the one which is more than poetry itself. The very physical attacks on the language, this radical choreography of language, forms concrete scores used by Ferlin in his exploratory process.
Dramaturgical re-reading of Kosovel’s poetry created the critical mass of poetic images, ideas, meanings and affects whose accumulation invites a need for representation in some other physical form.
Speech comes as one of the first forms of this representation, movement as the other, space as the third. Through the relationship between the potency of the verse, materiality of the speech, durability of the movement and reflexivity of the space, MatijaFerlin creates a continuous choreographic wholeness of expressively pronounced physicality. By insisting on the extremes which are generated by the ultimate notions such as the beginning and the end, happiness and sorrow, life and death, transiency and eternity, activity and passivity, Ferlin enters into a radical, physical, turbulent and emotional dialogue with the author unique on the European avant-garde scene, recognising his life and work as a paradigm of any kind of artistic life and work.


The Emanat – Institute’s aim is the promotion, affirmation and a continual contribution to the development of contemporary dance and art as a dynamic and diverse field of important artistic creativity and production. Emanat’s main activities include productions of live performances, inter-media arts and the art of sound. The Institute simultaneously promotes education and publishing as key elements of the development of contemporary dance and art. Aware of the wide spectrum of topics and theoretical discourses, as well as creative potential of different methodological approaches and production models, Emanat advocates interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation, ultimately aimed at widening and application of theories and practices created by contemporary artists, into other social spheres and vice versa.