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Giuseppe Chico and Barbara Matijević founded their company Premier Stratagème in 2009, in Paris, France. Both active in the performing arts - dance for Barbara and theatre for Giuseppe -, their artistic liaison especially stemmed from their shared interest in visual arts, more specifically in conceptual and performance art. Together they created a corpus of performative works that have been presented at a variety of venues, festivals, museums and art centres in Europe, Asia and South-America.

Barbara Matijević was born in Nasice (Croatia) in 1978. She studied literature at Faculty of Arts in Zagreb and dance at the Hypaxis Dance Centre (N.H./U.S.A.) and the International Centre for Contemporary Dance and Performance Art - ATHENA, under the artistic direction of Kilina Cremona in Zagreb. She has worked with Bojan Jablanovec, Bruno Marin, David Hernandez, TRAFIK, and Joris Lacoste. She also collaborated with Boris Charmatz in the project Bocal, and as assistant to Jan Fabre. She taught dance at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Osijek (Croatia). She has been collaborating with Giuseppe Chico since 2008.

Giuseppe Chico was born in Bari (Italy) in 1974. He studied ancient languages and started working in theatre at an early age with the Abeliano Company under the direction of Tina Tempesta and later with Kismet Theatre, under Robert McNeer. He also worked as a set designer for Paolo Baroni. After studying theatre in Rome and Milan, he moved to Paris in 2000 and began to train in contemporary dance with Joao Fiadeiro, Vera Montero, Julyen Hamilton, Mark Tompkins, Vera Orlock, Pooh Kaye, K. J. Holmes, Olivier Besson. He was a performer for several years for the company Mille Plateaux Associés. He also worked with George Appaix and Joris Lacoste.


17 and 18 June 2021 - FORECASTING - Traces of November (festival Moving in November), Helsinki (FI)