Impossible Dances

“These [compositions] are intentionally as difficult as I can make them because I think we’re now. Surrounded by very serious problems in the society, and we tend to think that the situation is hopeless and that it’s just impossible to do something that will make everything turn out properly. So I think that this music, which is almost impossible, gives an instance of the practicality of the impossible.”
– John Cage

Impossible Dances by BADco. is a performative artwork that draws on the documentation and scores of the “Impossible Dances” sequence from Goat Island’s The Sea & Poison and John Cage’s notes to his Freeman Etudes. In Impossible Dances, BADco. explores new ways of practising the impossible. The impossible emerges from the process of translating choreography to choreography, recording to movement, poetry to performance. For the company, “the impossible is necessary because, as we’re hurtling toward hothouse Earth, nothing is more urgent than the encounter of a myriad of impossibilities.”

BADco is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. The artistic core of the collective includes 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 production manager, 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. This approach often involves the reconfiguration of established relations between performance and audience, challenging perspectival givens and architectonics of performance, and problematizing communicational structures. More info /




Impossible Dances






45 minutes


Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshalevej 173A, 1432 København K


Direction / Goran Sergej Pristaš, Dramaturgy / Tomislav Medak, Choreography/performance / Nikolina Pristaš, Ana Kreitmeyer, Zrinka Užbinec, Marta Krešić, Design /  Dejan Dragosavac Ruta, Production / Lovro Japundžić, Video / Goat Island, The Sea & Poison, Fragments of texts / Karen Brodine, Juliana Spahr, John Cage, Đuro Seder

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The project was supported by Zagreb City Council for Culture og Ministry of culture of the republic of Croatia.