Zrinka Užbinec
Exploded Goo

A friendly warning; You may see a head looking at its own ass from afar, tiny, flashing eyes with a dirty look, a stingy mouth that bites and make annoying sounds, one big belly, detached nails, a short dance for the imaginary cat and a kicking robot leg.

“An intentionally strange and physically demanding routine begins, which aims to transform the performer’s naked female body into a desexualized organic object, somehow in contrast (or not) with the series of mechanical noises, beeps, and rattles – a deliberate challenge to our gaze, and disruption of inscribed meanings. Heavy breathing and the crackle of the tape sticking to the floor add to the soundscape.”
– Yasen Vasilev, August 13 2019

In her graduation piece, Zrinka Užbinec explores the chimeric and montage-like perception of the dancing body, embracing interruptions and glitches in the dance. The performance challenges the normative and linear narrative of the dancer’s body. It is an exploded machine, revealing a monstrous body, a body of many, a body in-between.

Zrinka Užbinec (HR) is a dancer and performer with an interest in choreography. She is a member of the performance collective BADco. since 2006, and has been one of the coordinators of Experimental Free Scene (ekscena), an independent organization established to promote contemporary dance and other forms of performing arts. Her work experience includes collaborations with many authors and groups, as well as co-authorships on several dance- and performance-related projects. Often giving classes in contemporary dance, she also holds workshops with other BADco. members in Croatia and abroad. She has finished an educational course at the Center for Women Studies in Zagreb, and is finalizing her studies at MA Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Gießen. She holds a degree from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. http://badco.hr/hr/home/


Zrinka Užbinec


Exploded Goo






50 minutes


Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshalevej 173A, 1432 København K


Concept, Performance: Zrinka Užbinec, Choreography, Stage and Light: Ida Daniel, Carlos Franke, Katarzyna Kania and Zrinka Užbinec, Sound: Aran Kleebaur, Outside eye: Caroline Creutzburg

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Special thanks to / prof. Bojana Kunst, Martina Ruhsam, BADco., Ivan Hamarić, Andreja Kulunčić, Todor Stoyanov, Anna Tzini and generous outside eyes (Rahel Barra, Fabricio Belzoff, Clara Reiner, Gry Tingskog, Bernhard Siebert, Xavier Le Roy).