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U.F.O.

Hommage to Katalin Ladik
Performance, 2021

Creators
Concept, choreography, performance: Irena Z. Tomažin, Jule Flierl Light: Gretchen Blegen 
Sound: Nicola Ratti 
Costume: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Historic advisor, dramaturg: Kata KasznahorkaiOrganiser: Brigita Gračner
Production: Alexandra Wellensiek, Špela Trošt
A production by Irena Z. Tomažin + Jule Flierl in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE (Berlin), Zavod Sploh (Ljubljana), Charleroi Danse Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen). Supported by Hauptstadtkultur Fonds.
15.-18. July 2021, Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany
10.-11. October 2021, City Of Women, Ljubljana
26. March 2022, Charleroi Dance, La Raffinerie, Bruxelles, Belgium
30. March 2022, Trigger festival, Kino Šiška, Ljubljan (Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NET Internationale Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.)
27. October 2022, Sounded Bodies, Kulturni centar Travno - KUC Travno Zagreb, Hrvaška
30. October 2022, Kondenz festival, Beograd, Srbija
24. February 2023, festival Gibanica, Ljubljana
19. June 2023, festival Somerszene, Salzburg, Austria
13. September 2023, festival HERE, Witlycke, Sweeden
10. November 2023, festival MOT, Skopje, Macedonia
2.–5. May 2024, Sophiensaele, Berlin, Nemčija
10. June 2024, Borštnikovo srečanje, Maribor (Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NET Internationale Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.)

Awards
The jury found the performance U.F.O. by Jule Flierl and Irena Tomazin outstanding on different levels: the political dimension and power of the voice, the physicality of the sound, and the philosophical reflections on voice, body and space, but also the historical research. We were impressed by the precise dramaturgy and rhythm of the piece.

The Hungarian-Serbian poet and performer Katalin Ladik is considered the “Yoko Ono of the Balkans” and a pioneer of noise and performance art in Southeastern Europe: With the “SoundBodyPoetry” of her radical body art performance UFO Party from 1969, she shook the artistic scene at the time and established methods of experimental voice work and physical performance already in the 1970s.
In their first collaboration, German sound dancer Jule Flierl and Slovenian choreo-vocalist Irena Z. Tomažin celebrate their shared interest in Ladik's artistic position: a homage that blurs the boundaries between poetry, acting and experimental voice work, while continuing the two artists' own research into the physical experience of language and the articulation of different layers of the voice.

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