Matija Ferlin was born in Pula (1982). Graduated at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Worked and lived in Berlin. After his returning to Pula he focused on researching and rearticulating different concepts of stage performance and other media such as short movies, videos and exhibitions.
He presented and performed his own work across Europe and America at numerous festivals such as Impulstanz in Vienna, Spider Festival in Lyon, Young Lions and Gibanica in Ljubljana, Ex-Yu festival in New York, Rhubarb Festival in Toronto, Contemporary Dance Festival in Bogota, Rencontre Choregraphiquein Paris, Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti, Perforations Festival in Zagreb and others.
He has collaborated with choreographers, directors, visual artists, and dramaturgs such as Ivica Buljan, Martin Butler, Christophe Chemin, Maja Delak, Luc Dunberry, Mauricio Ferlin, Ame Henderson, Aleksandra Janeva, Heinz Peter Knes, Matea Koležnik, Keren Levi, Karsten Liske, Maria Ohman & Claudia de Serpa Soares, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sasha Waltz, David Zambrano, Jasna Žmak and many others.
New York V Magazine announced him as one of the most promising young choreographers in 2011.
Matija is currently working and living in Pula, Croatia.
His work includes:
Sad Sam Revisited, 2006;
Drugo za jedno, 2007;
Sad Sam Almost 6, 2009;
The Most Together We’ve ever Been, 2009 (in collaboration with Ame Henderson);
Lonly women, 2011;
Sad Sam Lucky, 2012;
The Other At The Same Time, 2012;
sudents of harmony, 2014;
We are kings not humans, 2015;
Out of Season, 2015 (in collaboration with Ame Henderson);
Staging a Play: The Glass Menagerie, 2015;
Staging a Play: Tartuffe, 2017;
Staging a Play: Antigone, 2018.
SaD SaM Display, 2004 – PSWR, Amsterdam, NL;
Lucky Is The Lion That the Human Will Eat, 2006 – FPNK Svetvincenti, HR;
Pozdravite svoje doma!, 2007 - Rigo, Novigrad, HR;
Beauty Unrealised, 2007- PSWR, Amsterdam, NL;
Differ & Repeat, 2011 - The Place, London, GB.
Rework At The Freezing Point, 2004;
VUK Vorbild Und Kampf, 2006;
Iznad Oblaka by Nola, 2009;
Automatic Disco by Dogma, 2010;
Be Alone by Chweger, 2012;
Htio bi da me voliš by Pips, Chips and Videoclips, 2013
He has worked with choreographers, directors, photographers such as:
Maja Delak & Luka Prinčič (Transmittance#1, #2, #2.1, Folding Margins),
Ivica Buljan (Madame de Sade, Jackie, 2008),
Maja Delak (Serata Artistica Giovanile, 2008; Rodeo, 2007),
Ame Henderson (Blue Disco, 2003; Manual For Incidence, 2005; Dance/Songs, 2006; Relay, 2010)
Sasha Waltz (Gezeiten, 2005; Radial Dialogue, 2006)
Keren Levi (Territory, 2005),
Martin Butler (Luka & The Last Celebrity, 2003; Phoenix, 2005;
David Zambrano (The Rabbit Project, 2003),
Karsten Liske (Historia, 2006),
Christophe Chemin (Minor2:Salut, 2007),
Heinz Peter Knes (Lucky Is The Lion That The Human Will Eat, 2006)
Mauricio Ferlin (Tepli Zdrhi, 2001; Rodeo, 2007 and several music videoclips).
2010: Croatian Theatre Award (for Nastup / Onformance in categories: best choreography, best contemporary dance performance, best female role - Roberta Milivoj)
2012: Teatar.hr Award, selected by the audience (best director/choreographer)
2013: Ksenija Hribar Award by Slovenian Contemporary Dance Association, Gibanica/Moving Cake 2013 (best choreographer)
2013: Award for Sad Sam Lucky at the International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre INFANT, Novi Sad (RS)
2015: Special Jury Award "Jovan Ćirilov" Bitef Festival - We are kings not humans
2015: Audience Award Teatar.hr / Best Director - Choreographer of the season 2014/2015
2017: Best Performance Award selected by the jury Staging a play: The Glass menagerie at Gibanica, Ljubljana, Slovenia.