BADco. Rad panikePhoto: Tanja Kanazir

Premiere performances of The Labour of Panic by the collaborative performance collective BADco. will take place at Grobničko polje on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 2020, starting at 20:30.
Admission to the performances is free. Please confirm your arrival at With confirmation you will receive instructions for arrival.

UPDATE: due to bad weather, Saturday’s (July 11th) performance is postponed to Sunday, July 11 at 20:30.

The Labour of Panic is a happening set in the open space of Grobničko polje (Grobnik Valley). In this infrastructural space of large proportions, speeds, and charges, we find no point of entry because, even though one can vividly survey this place of contact between a natural environment and technological systems – power lines, an airport, a car racetrack, a motorway – it is an inversion of the humanly proportioned space in which we normally live, drive, and walk. Its identity is a not-there. Just like the identity of the everyday is this infrastructure of power lines, intersections, and networks that support it.

Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

The Labour of Panic is a happening created in suspended time. A time with a quite certain endpoint and a rather uncertain beginning. However, to allow the everyday to be something else, to allow something to end and something new to begin, the infrastructural space itself must allow the possibility of change. That is the terrain where one outlines the contours and excavates the remains of that which cannot come to be and that which may yet occur.

Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)

The Labour of Panic is the final part of the trilogy that began with the performance titled Iskop (The Foundation Pit), staged in 2018 at the house of the architect Vjenceslav Richter and continued with rePublika u orkestru (rePublic in the Orchestra Pit), premièred in October 2019 at Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka. The trilogy thematises the relations between work, utopia, and confrontation with impossibilities amid the threat of climate catastrophe.

Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)



Performance: Nataša Antulov, Ana Marija Brđanović, Ema Crnić, Ana Kreitmeyer, Marta Krešić, Nikolina Pristaš, Kalliopi Siganou, Aleksandra Stojaković Olenjuk, Evita Tsakalaki

Orchestra: Puhački orkestar KUD-a “Sloga” Ravna Gora


Direction: Goran Sergej Pristaš

Choreography: Nikolina Pristaš in collaboration with Ana Kreitmeyer, Marta Krešić, Evita Tsakalaki, Kalliopi Siganou and Ema Crnić

Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec, Tomislav Medak, Nataša Antulov

Text: Goran Ferčec

Music: Gordan Tudor

Costumes: Silvio Vujičić, The motives on the men’s clothes are deconstructed imprints derived from “Slobodni crtež” (A Free Drawing), a 1980 artwork by Vjenceslav Richter

Light design: Goran Petercol

Graphic design and illustration: Siniša Ilić

Collaborator in spatial analysis: Leo Modrčin

Translation: Žarko Cvejić

Production: Lovro Japundžić


Drone piloting and aerial filming: Goran Skelac i Vatroslav Španiček

Photography: Tanja Kanazir

Dog: Lava

Audio recording and editing: Saša Predovan

Technical set-up: Bruno Butorac


Thank you: Davorka Begović, Vesna Meštrić, Alan Vukelić and Eurokaz.


Cover photo: Siniša Ilić for The Labour of Panic BADco. (markers on paper, 21×29,7cm, 2020.)


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. As a combination of three choreographers / dancers, two dramaturgs and one philosopher, plus the company’s 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.

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