Sad Sam Lucky, is a solo performance of the 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.
Croatian choreographer Matija Ferlin (Pula, 1982) is a graduate of The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. He has presented and performed his own work in numerous festivals in Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Germany, England, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Portugal, Canada, U.S.A and Colombia. His work includes stage performances such as Tepli Zdrhi (2001), Sad Sam Revisited (2004/06), Drugo za jedno (2007), Sad Sam / Almost 6 / (2009), The Most Together We’ve Ever Been (2009) (in collaboration with Ame Henderson), Nastup/Onformance (2010), Samice (2011), short movies, music video clips and exhibitions. He has worked with choreographers, directors, and photographers such as Sasha Waltz, Martin Butler, David Zambrano, Matea Kole nik, Ivica Buljan, Maja Delak, Ame Henderson, Karsten Liske, Christophe Chemin and Mauricio Ferlin . For his performance NASTUP (Onformance), he received the highest Croatian Theater Award for the best choreographic realization in 2010. According to V Magazine (New York), he is one of the most promising young choreographers in 2011. Matija is currently working and living in Pula, Croatia.
26 October 2016, BAD Festival Bilboa, Spain
31 August 2016 Monoplay Festival Zadar, Croatia
15 January 2016 Actoral Montpellier, France
14 January 2016 Auctoral Montpellier, France
22 November 2015 Dance2Eleven Klagenfurt, Austria
2 October 2015 MESS Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina