Stage Production

Dark union

Premiere: 27/03/2018

In 2017, Iztok Kovač, the EnKnapGroup artistic director, extended his invitation to Nadj in hopes to see a revived version of Nadj’s first choreography, the legendary Canard pékinois (1987). Later, when Nadj met the six dancers, it became clear to him that he wants to pursue the idea of isolating...

Dark union

Guy Nader and Maria Campos: LOOP DE LOOP and FALL SEVEN TIMES

Premiere: 11/06/2017

The compelling choreographic pair Guy Nader and Maria Campos, launched in 2015 by the international dance network Aerowaves, has been winning more and more recognition on the world dance scene with their specific motion vocabulary. Their choreography is marked by their high aesthetic level that blends...

Guy Nader and Maria Campos LOOP DE LOOP and FALL SEVEN TIMES

SET AND RESET/Reset and CANARD PEKINOIS/Dark Union

Premiere: 08/06/2017

In collaboration with Trisha Brown Dance Company and Josef Nadj, EnKnapGroup presents a double bill that will take us into the 80’s by re-imagining two striking performances that shaped the contemporary dance as we know it.

SET AND RESETReset and CANARD PEKINOISDark Union

Hellhound

Premiere: 03/03/2017

Performance for brave children (5+) Iztok Kovač has, together with the dancer of EnKnapGroup, created a new children’s performance named Hellhound. The performance, based on a children’s song written by Marijan Vodopivec, challenges the children to raise their courage – at home, at school or...

Hellhound

Pursuit of happiness

Premiere: 01/12/2016

Pursuit of Happiness was created by an American duo that, after nineteen years of collaborating and performing worldwide, became widely known for their epic series Life and Times. Their Nature Theater of Oklahoma from New York is one of the most renowned global names in theatre, which creates experimental,...

Pursuit of happiness

EnKnapGroup: ON THE EDGE

Premiere: 12/05/2016

After nine years and achieving artistic maturity, the international dance company EnKnapGroup are presenting the premiere of their latest production: a thrilling double bill created by three of the most prominent and sought-after new names in European dance. The dancers have co-created LOOP DE LOOP with...

EnKnapGroup ON THE EDGE

Hungarian New Wave

Premiere: 14/01/2016

Two thrilling new solos, both by young performers and choreographers of Hungarian ancestry: Gyula Cserepes and Bence Mezei.

Hungarian New Wave

Wind, Sand and Stars

Premiere: 20/11/2015

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is more than just the grand pilot of The Little Prince. He is also the author of two extraordinary autobiographical novels. In an exceptional Slovenian translation by Edvard Kocbek, Night Flight (Vol de nuit, 1931) and Man and His World (Terre des hommes, 1939) were published...

Wind Sand and Stars

Rainbow

Premiere: 09/09/2015

Light performance for children (Performance for children ages 4 to 7) In the original and in Slovenia unique performance Rainbow (Mavrica), the main characters are moving heads, who use light as their main means of expression. They express their opinions and feelings also by sometimes using sound,...

Rainbow

Phobia

Premiere: 21/05/2015

Dynamic, daring, unpolished, but also touching and humorous. Price winning choreographers Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (Club Guy & Roni) create powerful and seductive dance theatre. The last few years Club Guy & Roni produced several performances about extending borders. Their newest piece ‘Phobia’...

Phobia

Take a Chance on Dance

Premiere: 05/03/2015

In 2015, Iztok Kovač and EnKnapGroup present TAKE A CHANCE ON DANCE, an internationally-oriented sequel of its 2010 hit performance Beware, Dance. The new performance retains the youthful formula of the original, which turned out to be a hit among by nearly 10,000 spectators – a unique achievement...

Take a Chance on Dance

20th Century Fog

Premiere: 04/12/2014

Through archetypal dance, film and music matrices, the theatre-dance performance by one of the most renowned Slovenian playwrights, theatre directors and writers, Matjaž Zupančič, explores the paradoxes of art in the 20th century. The time of the eruption of new artistic practices and quests for new...

20th Century Fog

Ant Ferocious

Premiere: 16/05/2014

Once upon a time, there lived Ant Ferocious. She teased and bullied other ants while they were working, she burped and farted constantly, destroyed all the pots at the market, and attacked a bull – eating all of it, horns and all. But this sort of behavior did not bring her far in life. Soon, no one...

Ant Ferocious

Double Bill by members of EnKnapGroup

Premiere: 13/02/2014

Members of the international dance company EnKnapGroup, based in Španski Borci Cultural Centre and existing for 6 years, set out in a duo and trio on an artistic journey along with students from the Academy of Visual Arts AVA, Ljubljana

Double Bill by members of EnKnapGroup

Falcon!

Premiere: 15/10/2013

The solo performance How I Caught a Falcon (1991) by the choreographer Iztok Kovač is one of the milestones in the Slovenian contemporary dance production. The cult performance in which Iztok Kovač danced an incredibly poetic choreography, charged with beauty and a sublime, magic relationship between...

Falcon

’68

Premiere: 27/09/2013

ROSANA HRIBAR & GREGOR LUŠTEK and CSABA MOLNÁR (double bill) Stop greedy capitalists! Enough with senseless wars! Stop discrimination! Money to the people, not to the banks! The slogans witnessed on the banners in the current protests have been used as early as in 1968. The world was in an uprising,...

68

“Theatre”

Premiere: 08/11/2012

The birth of perspective in fifteenth-century Italian painting is not all disconnected from political considerations. Art history has shown us that the first stage in the construction of perspective is not the definition of the vanishing point but the definition of the frame. Painters give us a “framed”...

Theatre

OTTETTO (8 Swings for His Highness)

Premiere: 23/10/2012

The ’dance concert’ OTTETTO (8 Swings for His Highness) is built around Octet, a 16-minute musical delicacy by Igor Stravinsky from 1923, a purely structural composition void of any narrative meanings, which the composer himself called “dry, cold and transparent, like an ’extra dry’ champagne”....

OTTETTO 8 Swings for His Highness

Motion Pictures

Premiere: 28/09/2012

15 february in Španski Borci Cultural Centre! The multimedia performance Motion Pictures by Omar Ismail and Tamás Tuza joins dance, video projections and music. Life as a movie projected onto the screen and viewed as thousands of images of minute everyday feelings.

Motion Pictures

CTRL-ART-DEL

Premiere: 21/05/2012

The project CTRL-ART-DEL joins four independent pieces by members of EnKnapGroup: Gyula Cserepes, Tamás Tuza, Luke Thomas Dunne and Ana Štefanec. In four years, the group collaborated with 20 different Slovenian and international authors, created 13 performances and encountered a wide array of choreographic...

CTRL-ART-DEL

Not Made for Flying

Premiere: 17/10/2011

Our goals, aims and intentions contain superhuman potential, designed to lift us up out of our pedestrian lives and bring us closer to our ideals. And yet, our failures, our tragedies, and the moments we fall are perhaps the most heroic of all. With a cast of Superheroes with very good intentions who...

Not Made for Flying

Project Touch

Premiere: 30/05/2011

The project deals with human interaction on the level of touch; an everyday experience related to comfort and communication. The aim is to explore the richness and complexities of touch between two friends, to reveal that which keeps us human.

Project Touch

S.K.I.N. - EKG

Premiere: 10/03/2011

The performance was inspired by Curzio Malaparte’s famous unnerving novel La pelle (The Skin), which takes place in Naples in 1943, as the city is transformed by defeat into an open-air market of duplicity, prostitution, and half-interred bodies, all of it overseen by Americans who in their star-spangled...

SKIN -  EKG

10 MIN

Premiere: 25/11/2010

10 MIN is a stage project initiated by EN-KNAP Productions that brings the dancers of EnKnapGroup together with eleven authors from the international contemporary performing art scene. The title captures the task which Iztok Kovač set before each author: to stage their personal view on the nature of...

10 MIN

Beware, Dance!

Premiere: 12/05/2010

After three years of theatre experience, dancers of EnKnapGroup presented a unique theatre event, revealing their performing maturity. Together with them Miha Brajnik leads us through landscapes and traps of contemporary dance in a humorous manner. Do you remember String and Sting, Vertigo Bird and Dom...

Beware Dance

Cut Out

Premiere: 09/04/2009

One of the creative principles of theatre director Bojan Jablanovec is a reduction of theatre to the relationship between a performer and a spectator in a real time and space. Theatre show that wants to question this relationship demands of every performer to ask him or herself the following questions:...

Cut Out

Raw

Premiere: 09/04/2009

What are we like in our raw or natural form? What unites us? EnKnapGroup is seeking the answers together with Claudia de Serpa Soares in a new performace Surovo (Raw). The choreographer and dancers investigate the notion of emptiness, where every gesture, every move invokes a change that leads to...

Raw

Romeo and Public

Premiere: 16/12/2008

A project by Mala Kline, a clear new voice within the younger generation of the European dance authors, and Tomi Janežič, Slovene theatre director and exeptional interpreter of the Stanislavski`s and Grotowski`s methods, is about the theatre and its essential relationship between the performer and...

Romeo and Public

My Kingdom for a Horse

Premiere: 16/09/2008

A group of mature performers sets up a new choreography every evening, determined arbitrarily with the use of dice. They carry the history and trust in chance while EnKnapGroup confronts them with energetic predetermined sequences as an unstoppable force of structured conspiracy. The audience is engaged...

My Kingdom for a Horse

Order

Premiere: 18/04/2008

Well-composed, intense contemporary dance performance of mathematical precision, this work, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, is created by Slovenia’s most productive choreographer of the last 20 years, Matjaž Farič.   

Order

Decision

Premiere: 17/04/2008

Bertolt Brecht`s teaching piece about the spread of communism in China has been banned for a long time and was staged in Germany only seven times. One of the most sought after young Slovene theatre directors, Sebastijan Horvat, took the risk of using this “forbidden text” and, by combining bodies...

Decision

In Between

Premiere: 26/11/2007

This high energy performance created on original score by Luigi Ceccareli and Gaetan van den Berg consists of two parts: The Earth and The Sky. Both bear the distinct signatures of Simone Sandroni and Lenka Flory, established choreographers and joint directors of Deja Donne dance company.

In Between

Celebration

Premiere: 27/09/2007

Kako ustvariti slovesno otvoritev na novo ustanovljene skupine? Z odpiranjem treh različnih prespektiv in dimenzij akta praznovanja – intimne, javne in sakralne – s povabilom treh En-Knapovih dolgoletnih sodelavcev: režiserja Saše Podgorška, koreografinje in plesalke Andreje Rauch ter ustanovitelja...

Celebration

La Chute du Belzebub

Premiere: 29/12/2006

The performance explores the relationship between power and disorganisation. The author’s approach to the scene and the space introduces engagements of the actor and the dancer, movements and the actor’s silence. Disorganisation is a mental projection of poetic activity in a social context. It appears...

La Chute du Belzebub

Masters of Time

Premiere: 13/11/2006

The performance Masters of Time pulls the romantic ballet thematic (Sleeping beauty, Swan lake and The Nutcracker; which are three basic terms of ballet classic) from its dance ‘cannon’ into the field of contemporary art. What is its fundamental operation? It actually uses a very basic gesture of...

Masters of Time

Thirst

Premiere: 29/09/2006

Thirst, a physiological need, we feel it as an intensive inner state.    Similar states lead the actors to the edge of radical; with it they open questions about human freedom and limitations. Stage language combines different physical techniques, from dance to acrobatics into a particular expression,...

Thirst

Re-Play

Premiere: 05/07/2006

Re-play is a dance production that works with simple principles of memory and transposition. I’m interested by the attempt and the failures to re-embody the other. What does it feel to get in your skin? Where does it take us when I try to replay you and then you replay me…RE is a role that is available...

Re-Play

Passage delux

Premiere: 10/05/2006

I’m leaving the station and I’m returning to the station. Here we meet again and say good-bye. If I think how many encounters and partings happen in this space, it seems that the crowd of emotions is collecting like the waving of a slow crawling caterpillar. Probably it assembles the schedules of...

Passage delux

Solitaire

Premiere: 22/04/2006

Thematic focus of the performance refers to the relativity of individual`s perception and the meaning of loneliness in contemporary society. The work invokes the ancient Indian parable about five blind men who examined different parts of an elephant: it`s side, leg, trunk, tail, and ear... Unable to...

Solitaire

Sonoria

Premiere: 19/03/2006

»Sonoria« is an idea for a multi-dimensional sound installation in contrast with light and in relation with the expressive power of the human body. It is based on an abstract line developing from darkness, which contains forceful, emotionally charged sound compositions, into carefully designed light,...

Sonoria

Weavers

Premiere: 14/10/2005

Weavers is a display of four individual exhibits - situations presented in a sequence of four stories. Each of the four move before the viewer; each has its own name, and each establishes its own world, whilst one sacrifices its title for the sake of the entity. The first piece entitled Spring Water...

Weavers

Sixteen Turns

Premiere: 19/09/2005

"What we cannot change, we have to at least describe." (Fassbinder) Sixteen turns is a theatre performance without performers which was borne out of the initiative of the light designer Jaka Šimenc who has worked in collaboration with Zavod EN-KNAP for many years. The performance is a logical extension...

Sixteen Turns

Gallery of Dead Women

Premiere: 22/06/2005

Gallery of Dead Women is a stage installation created through a dialogue with Hamletmachine, writen by H. Müller. It explores the trinity of fiction-terror-politics and on the level of form inquires the possibilities of human response to it. Gallery of Dead Women is the manifestation of research...

Gallery of Dead Women

Mozart – hype as I wanna be

Premiere: 11/02/2005

The performance Mozart – hype as I wanna be by Slovene choreographer Iztok Kovač and his international dance company En-Knap, uncovers the lid of history to release the ghost and the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the bustle of high-powered and skillful combinations of six contemporary dancers...

Mozart  hype as I wanna be

Endless

Premiere: 10/12/2004

The dance performance Endless  is an encounter between two of Kovač`s  early choreographies: his solo How I Caught a Falcon , which was awarded the prestigious London Dance and Performance Award by Time Out  magazine, and the performance Sting and String – First Touch , staged in 1996 with Boris...

Endless

HI-RES

Premiere: 02/10/2004

Love calls, marking a rise to verticality, a new clarity, a sharper resolution. When we expose ourselves to this light, we notice that our very presence casts a shadow, and we are tossed into a battle of projections. Yet, we remain closed to the world in a heart-tied, bound, and inexpressible body. We...

HI-RES

Rondinella

Premiere: 08/07/2004

Rondinella is a lyrical and mystic performance, inspired by musician Dario Marušić`s poem with the same title, a poem about the nostalgia for one`s home, landscape and the people one used to love and still does. Their second project as co-choreographers, dancers Maja Delak and Mala Kline collaborated...

Rondinella

Campo de Fiori

Premiere: 08/03/2004

The debut of Mala Kline, her solo performance Campo de` Fiori, takes the Renaissance period as a point of reference in the European history. The piece was inspired by the personality and thought of Giordano Bruno, magician, philosopher and scientist, sentenced to death due to his audacious criticism...

Campo de Fiori

Chestnut Brown

Premiere: 09/01/2004

Andreja Rauch developes the scenes in Chestnut Brown like chapters of a book. Through this condensed structure, visual images and detailed initiations transform the spectator into a listener. The juxtaposition of bodily movement and structure of singing and speaking is at places evocative, with the essential...

Chestnut Brown

S.K.I.N.

Premiere: 02/11/2003

The roots of the piece link back to a conversation about contemporary issues between Iztok Kovač and poet Uroš Zupan in which Malaparte’s novel »La pelle« was mentioned. It, among other sources became a shared reference for both Kovač and Hamilton during the creation process. This process continues...

SKIN

Throw of the Dice

Premiere: 05/04/2003

Premiere: 05/04/2003 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Credits directed by Sašo Podgoršek choreography Iztok Kovač performed by: Iztok Kovač, Maja Delak, Juho Saarinen, Rebecca Murgi, Bratko Bibič, Mala Kline, Aleš Hadalin, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Nataša Kos, Michael...

Throw of the Dice

Mezzanino

Premiere: 20/12/2002

The stage represents a bright reflection where one confronts one’s own double, the wild place of transformations and recognitions. It is like a pond in which the Narcissus sees himself and like the deep forest, in which the voice of Echo is lost in resonance.

Mezzanino

Rebeka

Premiere: 10/06/2002

The performance speaks about a woman`s character, initiated from a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hundred Years of Solitude. The portray of Rebeka is exposed through situations in different scenes, setting and relationships between the performers and their mediums: dance, music and text. During...

Rebeka

HU DIE

Premiere: 05/12/2001

The creative initiative as well as the basis for communication between the participating artists in the HU DIE project arose from the music project by John Zorn: New Traditions in East Asian Bar Bands from 1997. Participating in Zorn`s project were brilliant musicians Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Joey Baron,...

HU DIE

6agon

Premiere: 18/06/2001

In today`s flow of expectations, life demands that people are strong, that they hide in their sadness, where sadness is seen as a negative emotion. The mourning ritual brings a catharsis, it is a ritual through which mourners released their anguish and take time to get over their loss. Exercise your...

6agon

Perfect step?

Premiere: 01/02/2001

Although dance technique as a dogma is not as central and crucial as it used to be in organisation and creation of ballet, step is still the basic element of dance and therefore in a way its synonym. The first tractate on correct position of dancer`s feet dates back to 1589; in 1725 choreographer Charles-Luis...

Perfect step

Emanatio Protei

Premiere: 20/01/2000

Emanatio Protei is the evening comprising two performances entitled Mo/Ten/Tion and Kaktus Unter Strom which belong to the three top artists: choreographer and dancer Iztok Kovac and composers Uros Rojko and Vinko Globokar.The work of Iztok Kovac and his dance group EN-KNAP is based on the well-established...

Emanatio Protei

Gina & Miovanni

Premiere: 27/05/1999

When Mina Loy published her first poetry collection in Paris in the twenties, no one believed that she was not a fictional character. Years later, when literary critics took her forgotten poetry under their magnifying glass, they wondered whether the words she used in her work were invented or perhaps...

Gina  Miovanni

Far from sleeping Dogs

Premiere: 15/04/1999

The first contact with Globokar’s socially aware and critical poise, with his uncompromising explorations and experimentation with sound, happens in a place representing a mythical source and a constant scenography of Kovac’s movie projects directed by Saso Podgorsek - in Trbovlje, within the worn-out...

Far from sleeping Dogs

Codes of Cobra

Premiere: 19/04/1997

The point of deparutre for Codes of Cobra is Trbovlje. Iztok Kovač`s birthplace. Trbovlje is a mining town in industiral Slovenia that for Kovač simbolizes the mythical essence of Eastern Europe. Kovač blends his collaborative film work, which includes an extraordinara mix of internaional dancers,...

Codes of Cobra

Sting and String - First Touch

Premiere: 10/01/1996

The basic antagonism, which both generates and control all others, is subsumed in the question who the choreographer is and what role she/he plays in a contemporary dance performance. Is the choreographer that meditative, creative entity of genius, a universal autonomous mind who composes a work of art...

Sting and String - First Touch

Spread Your Wings (You Clumsy Elephant)

Premiere: 12/10/1993

Spread Your Wings ia a performance of surprises. Its unpredictable originality surpasses everything we have seen on our dance and dance-and-theater scene, while its methodology of craft, and the seeming dramaturgic looseness and confusion interfere with the essence of choreography as such. What are the...

Spread Your Wings You Clumsy Elephant

How I Caught a Falcon

Premiere: 16/01/1991

Under a cascade of white light Iztok Kovac begins and ends his solo: an image of himself as a falcon. He spins his arms with such a speed that they look like blurred bows. A vision of a man, who transcends his limitations and – during most of the performance – strings dance strategies, with which...

How I Caught a Falcon