Matija Ferlin: Solitaires


Matija Ferlin: Samice Foto / Photo: Danko Stjepanivić

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Imagine a house.
In the middle of nowhere.
Everything around it is white.
There is only snow around it.
Only women live in it.
Completely alone.
Nine of them.
They have a garden where nothing grows.
They have a well with no water in it.


A story about nine decadent women with aristocratic manners and habits living in an unidentified space and time in the future. Inhabiting an atmosphere of endless anticipation with occasional moments of euphoria and even greater disappointment. They share a single characteristic — they all speak backwards: from the full stop, a question mark, or an exclamation mark towards the capital letter.

"Solitaires is a project in which I want to transfer the acquired choreographic knowledge and experience to the field of spoken theater. As always in my work, the concept from which I start is very simple: to make a dramatic performance that respects the conventions of dramatic theater, but in which all sentences are written and spoken from the back to the front. Thus deformed and deprived of their original meaning, the words become a challenge to the actors, who are required to utter them with the purpose, motivation and meaning that the original form contained. This seemingly banal concept gives me a lot of scope for research, and this was just one study of the main goals of the Solitaires. Unlike my previous projects, where the research was focused on the body and its performance capabilities, in this project I wanted to explore language, its performance and communication potential," said choreographer and director Matija Ferlin.

Group performance (6 performers), duration 70 min


Matija Ferlin is a Croatian theatre director, ensemble dance piece choreographer and performer of his own one-man shows. Graduated from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and subsequently lived and worked in Berlin and Toronto. After returning to his hometown Pula, where he was born in 1982, he focused on researching and rearticulating different concepts of stage performance, collaborating both with actors and dancers.


Coreography, direction: Matija Ferlin
Text: Jasna Jasna Žmak
Performance: Jadranka Đokić, Dijana Vidušin, Romina Vitasović, Lana Gojak, Vedran Živolić, Ana Vilenica, Csilla Barath Bastajić, Silvio Vovk, Lada Bonacci, Ivana Krizmanić, Jelena Miholjević, Matija Ferlin
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir (Touch Music, MCPS)
Dramatrugy: Sandro Siljan
Stage design: Mauricio Ferlin
Costume design: Matija Ferlin, Desanka Janković
Photo: Danko Stjepanović

Production: Istrian Natioanl Theatre — Pula City Theatre