Ivana Sajko, b. 1975, Zagreb/Croatia, is a playwright, novelist and theater director. She studied dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, after which she earned an M.Sc. in humanistic science. She is co-founder of the theater group BAD co., where she worked as dramaturge and later directed and performed as a solo artist collaborating mostly with musicians.
Her interdisciplinary experiences in the performing arts have strongly influenced her writing, which she explains in her latest book in German, Prema ludilu (i revoluciji): čitanje (tr.: Heading towards insanity (and revolution): a reading, 2006, Ger. 2015). Her plays – published in German, Arhetip: Medeja/Zena-bomba/Europa (tr.: Archetype: Medea/bomb woman/Europe, 2004, Ger. 2008) and Trilogie des Ungehorsams (tr.: The trilogy of disobedience, 2012) – create a critical-political panorama by breaking down traditional formats and experimenting with them. In her novel Rio Bar (2006, Ger. 2008), Sajko returns to the Balkan conflict and gives readers a visceral sense of the horrors of war and violence.
She has been awarded several prizes for playwriting and literature, as well as the medal Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. She is a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program 2016.
Prema ludilu (i revoluciji): čitanje
Trilogija o neposluhu