Since its formation in 1998, WaxFactory has been one of the most internationally active multidisciplinary groups to emerge from the New York downtown scene, creating new performance, installation, film and video works featuring a highly innovative blend of physical performance, audio-visual, architectural and fashion design, and an integrated use of new media and technology. Since its inception, the company has been steadfast in its commitment to creating works that bring together artists from the company’s core group in New York and abroad. WaxFactory’s current artistic directors are its founding members Ivan Talijancic and Erika Latta.
In addition to site-specific works created for a variety of unconventional locations around the world, WF has also presented work in downtown NY venues such as the PS122, HERE, Abrons Arts Center, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Soho Rep, and NY Theatre Workshop and at festivals such as the undergroundzero, Prelude 08, and Culturemart, and internationally at the ICA London, the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austria), OLTRE90 (Milan, Italy), FIT/Festival Internacional de Teatro (Caracas, Venezuela), Bologna 2000 / Cultural Capital of Europe (Italy), MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnia), Zürcher Theaterspektakel (Switzerland), Adelaide Festival (Australia), and Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia), among others.
Ivan Talijancic is a multidisciplinary artist: director, choreographer, visual and graphic designer, video- and film-maker. As a co-founder and artistic co-director of WaxFactory, he staged such works as LADYFROMTHESEA, a site-specific installation/performance at the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn; Sarah Kane's CLEANSED, and …SHE SAID inspired by Marguerite Duras, premiered in 2005 in co-production with Cankarjev Dom in Slovenia, and subsequently presented at the ICA in London, Act French festival in New York and International Theatre Festival in Caracas, Venezuela.
He has worked as assistant with Robert Wilson and Julie Taymor, and received his MFA in Directing from Columbia University, New York.
Ivan has taught and been artist-in-residence at several institutions in the United States and abroad. He is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the HERE Artist in Residence (HARP) programs and a longtime member of the Usual Suspect community at the NY Theatre Workshop. Ivan was the recipient of a yearlong 2004/2005 Performing Arts Fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany), where he has developed 39 FRAMES, a simulated-reality durational event inspired by the mind of Alfred Hitchcock, which premiered at the SommerSzene festival in Salzburg, Austria in 2006. Ivan was commissioned by San Francisco based Too Far Independent Media to create a site-specific guerilla event based on the novel WILD ANIMUS, which has toured to over 50 cities in Europe, United States, Canada and Australia in 2006/2007. In 2007, he created X, a video-opera collaboration with the composer Katharina Rosenberger, which premiered at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel in Zurich and La Batie festival in Geneva (Switzerland). Most recently, besides WaxFactory’s BLIND.NESS, and QUARTET v4.0, he also staged MALFI, an original adaptation of John Webster’s 1614 play The Duchess of Malfi, in residence at the Mladinsko Theatre in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
His productions were included twice in Worldwide Critics Survey published annually by the Ballet Tanz International magazine – in 2001, for LADYFROMTHESEA (in the “most innovative productions” category) and in 2007 for X (under “important multidisciplinary collaborations”).