Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl:
U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik

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 developed methods of experimental voice work and physical performance in the 1970s.

In their 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, dance 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.

The duet U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik received the award of the expert jury for the best performance of Gibanica Festival (Slovenia), 2023 and has toured to Brussels, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade, Salzburg, Vitlycke and Skopje.
To mark this iteration ofU.F.O., the artists are releasing the LP U.F.O., which will be presented after the premiere. On May 4 Katalin Ladik herself will be present for a panel and will give insights into her practice in a workshop on May 5. Another panel with Bojana Kunst on May 3, Mateusz Szymanówka, Irena Z. Tomažin and Jule Flierl will be dedicated to the topic of Voice-work, Care-Work.

Concept, choreography, performance: Irena Z. Tomažin, Jule Flierl
Light: Gretchen Blegen
Sound: Nicola Ratti, Tomaž Grom
Costume: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Historic advisor, dramaturgy: Kata Kasznahorkai
Assistance: Sharón Nogales Mercado

Production: Alexandra Wellensiek, Zavod Sploh, Spela Trošt
A production by Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl in coproduction with Sophiensæle, Zavod Sploh (Ljubljana), CharleroiDanse (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), City of Women Festival (Ljubljana).  Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the HKF-Wiederaufnahmefonds.
With support from SKICA Berlin – Slowenisches Kulturzentrum Berlin. Media partners: Siegessäule, taz.

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