badcolAnna Bromley and Jeremy Woodruff interviewed Badco at the 54th Venice Biennale in June 2011. Badco’s work, ‘Responsibility for Things Seen: Tales in Negative Space’ is currently featured in Venice at the Croatian Exhibition.

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, Lovro Rumiha and Zrinka Užbinec.

As a combination of four choreographers / dancers, two dramaturgs and one philosopher, plus the company production manager, 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.

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), SEMI-INTERPRETATIONS or how to explain contemporary dance to an undead hare (2010), Point of Convergence (2010).

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), Ghent (CAMPO nieuwpoort), Berlin (Volksbühne), Akçakoca, Ünye, Çamlıhemşin, Hopa, Batumi (Black SEAS), Stockholm (Orionteatern)…