13th Dance & Non-verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti
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Zagreb Dance Company
Hebrangova 36
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Author, choreographer, director, performer: Martina Nevistić
Dramaturgical support and narrative: Ivana Slunjski
Cinematographer: Neven Petrović
Editor: Miro Manojlović
Music: Višeslav Laboš
Graphic design: Sara Pavleković Preis
Production: UPPU Puls
With the support of: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, KinoClub Zagreb, Gallery Greta

The experimental dance film Pulsar is inspired by the science fiction books and films on the outer space. The choreographic exploration of the body that adjusts to the changed physical conditions, different gravitation and unknown biospheres is motivated by the physical characteristics of pulsars, which are marked by the quick rotation, spiral movement, contracting and pulsating. The dance vocabulary takes in consideration the posture of the body and the mechanisms of its movement in the changed circumstances, as well as choreographic and editing decisions regarding the composition of movement (that is, the composition of image), the transition between frames, the perception of time and space. Bearing in mind the dystopian projections that are so often in the science fiction genre, the uninterrupted, emphasized action is juxtaposed to the abandoned spaces and bodies, and their collision shapes the possible direction of the narrative. Since Pulsar is an experimental film, the story is not told in a traditional way; instead, the atmosphere suggests a possible interpretation. The narrative with poetic and philosophical thread in shape of the character's interior monologue suggests the backwaters that could be developed into separate film stories, but leaves them in the „embryonic“ stage, inciting the viewer to think about the modern life burdened with the must of success and overwhelmed by visual stimuli as a deliberate capitalist attack on the consumer, the life that can easily slip into the apocalyptic wilderness.

Martina Nevistić was born in 1983 in Zagreb. She works as an author of contemporary dance and multimedia productions. Collaborating with dance and other artists, she creates dance and multimedia performances, and dance films (Pulsar, experimental dance film; Apollonian, multimedia performance and video; Event Horizon, performance and video; Luna Malekova, multimedia performance; Sisyphus Pink, experimental dance video, Evolution Revolution, multimedia installation etc). She gained an MA degree in organization and management from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, and an MA in dance from SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She received two international scholarships, Nomad Dance Academy 2009 and Communicating Dance 2014-2015. From 2009 to 2017 she was a member of Zagreb Dance Company. Martina holds classes of yoga and contemporary dance techniques for professional dancers in Croatia and abroad, and since November 2016 works as the program director of Zagreb Dance Center.

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