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IN>TIME Performance Festival | BadCo, Impossible Dances


IN>TIME Performance Festival | BadCo, Impossible Dances

Welcome to IN>TIME 2019!

Impossible Dances is a work-in-progress challenge BADco. takes from Goat Island’s The Sea and Poison (1998): "as we are now hurtling toward the hothouse Earth, our present requires nothing short of a capacity for constant dance on the verge of the impossible." 

Links Hall and the City of Chicago have co-commissioned Helsinki's BADco. to craft a response to Goat Island's work that will develop in residence at Links Hall in February 2019 and premiere at the Spring 2019 exhibition "goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it" curated by Nicholas Lowe at the Sidney R. Yates Gallery in the Cultural Center.


Curated by Mark Jeffery, IN>TIME is Chicago’s triannual winter-long performance festival featuring performances, presentations, and exhibitions at venues throughout the city (6018North; Chicago Cultural Center; Comfort Station; Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery; Gallery 400; Graham Foundation; High Concept Labs; Hyde Park Arts Center; Links Hall; Museum of Contemporary Art; Ohklahomo; Red Rover Series at Outer Space Studios; and Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) from local, national, and international artists. Check out the entire festival's city-wide programming from January 26 - April 4 at:

For the 2019 edition of the IN>TIME Festival, nine artists/collectives have been invited to create new works in response to the legendary Chicago-based Goat Island Performance Collective's 23-year archive.


BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. The artistic core of the collective are Ivana Ivković, Ana Kreitmeyer, Tomislav Medak, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Nikolina Pristaš and Zrinka Užbinec.

BadCo (Croatia) will be in residents at Links Hall for the month of February developing a new work inspired by the archived materials of Goat Island Performance Group’s “The Sea & Poison” (1998). This InTIME festival performance offers a works-in-progress presentation at the conclusion of their residency, the completed work will premiere at the Chicago Cultural Center in the spring of 2019 as a part of the exhibition “goat island archive—we have discovered the performance by making it”.

Company Info

As a combination of three 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.

Tomislav Medak is a philosopher with interests in contemporary political philosophy, media theory and aesthetics. He is co-ordinating theory program and publishing activities of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA (Zagreb, Croatia).

He is a free software and free culture advocate, the project lead of Croatian Creative Commons team and digital librarian for Memory of the World. He’s a supporter of urban activist initiative Right to the City.

He is author and performer with the Zagreb based theatre collective BADco.

Goran Sergej Pristaš is a Professor of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb. Dramaturge, co-founder and member of BADco. performing arts collective. Program coordinator in Centre for Drama Art (CDU) from 1995 till 2007. One of the initiators of the project Zagreb - Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000. With his projects and collaborations (BADco., Frakcija) participated at Venice Biennale 2011 and 2016, Documenta 12, ARCO and numerous festivals and conferences. 

He is/was mentoring and teaching at DOCH (Stockholm), JLU (Giessen), Statens Scenekunstskole (Copenhagen), P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) etc. Teaching courses in performance dramaturgy, writing for performance, analytical writing, dramaturgy and choreography, collaborative practices etc. First editor-in-chief (1996-2007) of Frakcija, a magazine for the performing arts.

Nikolina Pristaš is a dancer, choreographer, cofounder of performance collective BADco. and docent at the Dance Department of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb.

She studied at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Humanities and obtained their diploma at the departments of English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature. She has completed the eight-year School for Contemporary Dance “Ana Maletić”.

Since 2000 she realizes all her artistic interests through collaboration with members of BADco. and our many artistic collaborators. The reasons are many: from friendship to shared work ethos and ideological beliefs, through tendency to experiment, the desire to learn and shift the limits of her own understanding of performance, dance, choreography, theater, collaboration.

The specificity of artistic insights and knowledge produced in BADco. through a series of theater and dance productions, video installations, thematic symposia, artistic workshops and several printed publications has led to NIkolina being invited to some of the prestigious arts academies and schools in Europe to teach and lead artistic projects in teaching practice (Justus Liebig University – Giessen, P.A.R.T.S. – Brussels, The Danish National School for Performing Arts – Copenhagen…).

Zrinka Užbinec is a dancer and performer with interest in choreography. She is a member of performance collective BADco. and has been, until 2013., one of the coordinators of Experimental Free Scene (ekscena), an independent organization established to promote contemporary dance and other forms of performing arts. She has finished School for Contemporary Dance “Ana Maletić” and has participated in many dance workshops in Croatia and abroad. Her work experience includes collaborations with authors and groups like:  Irma Omerzo, festival "Improspekcije" (Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović and Sonja Pregrad), Mila Pavićević and Mario Kikaš, Selma Banich, CDU (Centre for Drama Art), BLOK, Oliver Frljić, Matija Ferlin, Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld, Andreja Kulunčić, etc. She has coauthored several dance projects. Often giving classes in contemporary dance, she also holds workshops with other BADco. members in Croatia and abroad. She has finished an one year educational course at the Centar for Women Studies in Zagreb, and is, until recently, a student at MA Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, in Gießen. She holds a degree from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb.

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