A performance which deals with two views – the view of a flyer and lightness and the view of the limitations of human life, is performed in the specific location of Grobnik Valley where the modernist ideal of speed and the natural environment coexist.

Premiere performances of The Labour of Panic by the collaborative performance collective BADco. will take place at Grobničko polje on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 2020, starting at 20:30.

Admission to the performances is free. Please confirm your arrival at produkcija@badco.hr . With confirmation you will receive instructions for arrival.

The Labour of Panic is a happening set in the open space of Grobničko polje (Grobnik Valley). In this infrastructural space of large proportions, speeds, and charges, we find no point of entry because, even though one can vividly survey this place of contact between a natural environment and technological systems – power lines, an airport, a car racetrack, a motorway – it is an inversion of the humanly proportioned space in which we normally live, drive, and walk. Its identity is a not-there. Just like the identity of the everyday is this infrastructure of power lines, intersections, and networks that support it.

The Labour of Panic is a happening created in suspended time. A time with a quite certain endpoint and a rather uncertain beginning. However, to allow the everyday to be something else, to allow something to end and something new to begin, the infrastructural space itself must allow the possibility of change. That is the terrain where one outlines the contours and excavates the remains of that which cannot come to be and that which may yet occur.

The Labour of Panic is the final part of the trilogy that began with the performance titled Iskop (The Foundation Pit), staged in 2018 at the house of the architect Vjenceslav Richter and continued with rePublika u orkestru (rePublic in the Orchestra Pit), premièred in October 2019 at Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka. The trilogy thematises the relations between work, utopia, and confrontation with impossibilities amid the threat of climate catastrophe.


BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. The artistic core of the collective are 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’s production manager, since its beginning (2000), 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. Reconfiguring established relations between performance and audience, challenging perspectival givens and architectonics of performance, problematizing of communicational structures – all of that makes BADco. an internationally significant artistic phenomenon and one of the most differentiated performance experiences.