Homesick Festival presents a series of performances that take place in private homes.
The Zagreb 2019 edition was commissioned by Ganz New Perforations and featured artists Bruno Isakovic, Vedrana Klepica, Nina Kurtela and Michikazu Matsune.
Upon booking, a pair of artists visited the homes of Zagreb residents to perform in person – exploring the environment of private homes as a stage for unique encounters and shared experiences.
Inspired by our background, history, everyday life, wishes and dreams, Homesick Festival offers opportunities to (re)connect with our own experience of home, our current location, life situation and our state of being.
is a performer and choreographer who grew up on the edge of the Balkan Peninsula where people first act and then think, a place where inconsistency is the only thing that is consistent. As a young boy he disassembled AA battery driven mini-fans on which he placed the body parts of his sister's Barbie dolls. He watched them spin and shoot across space. Eager to understand how this all works, he made his first crucial life-error, which was to study at an Electrical Engineering High School where he learned nothing about spinning body parts. The future did not seem bright, but good luck found Bruno at his first electro party in the 90s’ where he successfully split the atoms in his head and discharged his body through jumps and turns on the dance floor. Since then, Bruno graduated with Contemporary Dance from the Amsterdam School of the Arts and has been creating body/dance works since. In these performances he is often searching, finding and losing sense in his quest to answer questions like how we manage to get where we are and become who we are. Bruno's works have been presented at festivals in New York, Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo and Hobart.
was born in a small working-class town in continental Croatia, where the sunsets often had an aurora-borealis type of quality. This is mainly due to the phenomena of sunrays fractioning and crashing with cloud-like formations of smoke and sulphur coming from the local petrochemical industry. She quickly understood how there is always poetry to be found, even in the gloomiest and toxic of contexts, and she decided to note it down on paper. This was mostly done in radical formats of performative text which she would energetically perform later for herself - simultaneously being both the performer of the text and its only audience. A couple of years later, she decided to study dramaturgy, and since then has been continually depressing audiences at home and abroad with her plays and performances.
was born in Yugoslavia and now lives in the same place – in Croatia. For the last 15 years she spent lengthy periods of time in Vienna, Paris, Helsinki, Tbilisi, Taipei, Portland, Brno and also lived for almost a decade in Berlin. At times she felt excited, inspired, curious, overwhelmed, dislocated, lonely, nostalgic, happy and sad. Her experience of displacement and the precarious life of an artist, led her to question notions of identity and belonging within her work. Through years of practice, living between Berlin and Zagreb and working with both dance and visual arts, the material and immaterial, she realised that home is not only a physical place. She started to feel more and more at ease in those in-between-spaces, creating her own personal imaginary space of existence.
grew up in the seaside town of Kobe, Japan. Much of his time as a child was spent with his brothers and friends at a nearby beach. After graduating from High School, Michikazu travelled to Europe and eventually moved to Vienna, Austria, where he has lived for the past 20 years. Being a foreigner, people repeatedly ask if he has ever been homesick, a question which he always used to answer with “no”, until recently. Michikazu is a performance-artist who works in various formats, contexts and spaces such as stage, exhibitions, public and private spaces. His work, often containing poetic absurdity, examines sensitive issues in our globalized society with a subtle sense of humour and critical refelction. Ever since Michikazu was little, his favourite fruit has been watermelon.