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The artistic trio k . o ( kombinirane operacije / combined operations ) was formed in December 1998 through a clearly excessive lapse of staging their first performance EXIT at The Festival of Youth in Kikinda ( Serbia ) . From 1998 - 2003 the group worked under the name OBEPYU.

The group is comprised of : Saša Božić ( director / dance dramaturg ) , Željka Sančanin ( choreographer , dancer / performer ) and Andrej Vučenović ( video artist). The first works of the group were conceptually founded on the confrontation of different cultural and ideological legacies that members brought with them and linked with the problem of the status of the artist in politically unstable time and space ( performances: 49 years, Kafka gegen Pound, La primavera ).

The second phase ( The Mistery of Orgasm, Places Where..., ( Hard To Dig It ) was directed more towards dance and intensive choreoghraphical research and the interest for the " political " bodies from the initial phase was transferred to researching the pure physicality and phenomenology of movement .
The group cinfirms their continuous interest for visual qualities of performing material in the solo choreography and video installation Private in Vitro where they also radicalize previous choreographical elements developing them into new modes of performativity which are directed towards the spectator this time and transferred from the performance field to the process of viewing, visual perception and the reproduction of the performed material.

During 2004. k . o. worked with 3 invited artists on the project Roland Barthes : Lover's Discourse
that came out as a controversial anti-show in which 6 authors , using selected patterns of theatre and dance vocabulary and the text of french philosopher as a fictional pretext for their own performative , investigate modes of artistic creation and collective work within performing media , treating live performance as an improvisational field for the manipulation under the representational frame of the show.
The group is currently working on the new piece Solo : Cycle that takes place in the framework of
Project on Labour, an international interdisciplinary project initiated by the Centre for Drama Arts .


CHRONOLOGY WORK
  • 49Years - TEST 2000., International Student Theatre Festival, Zagreb
  • Kafka gegen Pound - FAKI 2000., Festival of Alternative Theatre, Zagreb
  • La Primavera - FAKI 2000. ; EUROKAZ 2000.- off program ; KRADU 2000., The Festival of The Academy of Drama Arts Zagreb
  • Female or Male - TEST 2001.
  • The Mistery of Orgasm - KRADU 2000.
  • Places Where ... - 1. Award on the 2. PLATFORM OF YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS 2001.; 18. Dance Week Festival 2001. , Zagreb ;
    Festival of Dance and Nonverbal Theatre St.Vinčenat 2002.;
    EASA SENSES 2002., Vis
  • 2001. Uskrsnutje - colaboration with ADU, Zagreb -
    10. International Festival of Medieval Theatre , Groningen ( Nl ), 2001.
    KRADU 2001.
  • (Hard To) Dig It - The 3. PLATFORM OF YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS 2002., Zagreb ;
    The Litle Front of New Dance and Performance 2002., Zagreb ;
    Festival of Dance and Nonverbal Theatre St. Vinčenat 2002.;
    Festival of Performance Arts KARANTENA 2002., Dubrovnik ;
    EASA SENSES 2002., Vis
  • Private in Vitro - URBANFEST 2002., Zagreb;
    Galery MMC Split, CLUBTURE Program , 2003.;
    Galery Gliptoteka HAZU Zagreb, 2003.;
    EXODOS FESTIVAL, Ljubljana, 2003 ;
    Start Solo , Gallery Nova, 2003., Zagreb;
    The litle front of new dance and performance, 2003., Zagreb ;
    The Symposium GROUP DYNAMICS, Cinema Lika, Zagreb, May 2004. ;
    WARP 2004 , December 2004., Zagreb
  • Roland Barthes : Lovers Discourse –
    The Symposium GROUP DYNAMICS , Cinema Lika, Zagreb, May 2004.
    The Festival of Nonverbal Theatre and Dance St.Vincenat, July 2004.
    The Festival of Performing Arts KARANTENA, Dubrovnik, August 2004.
    The Little Front of New Dance and Performance, Zagreb, October 2004., ZeKaeM
    PEN Meeting, November 2004., Zagreb
    WARP 2004, Zagreb, October 2004.
    HWE dance balcan / Nordic region, Belgrade, November 2004.
    EUROKAZ 2005., June 2005., Zagreb


CONTACT :

k . o . / kombinirane operacije
Klekovacka 32
10000 Zagreb
CROATIA
Mail : k-o@net.hr
tel. / fax : ++ 385 ( 0 ) 1 2992 105
gsm : ++385 ( 0 ) 98 9478 725 / ++385 ( 0 ) 98 9770 587

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