2014, DCP, colour, 29’
The workers’ and mining facilities, characterising and changing the Slovenian mining town of Trbovlje for almost two centuries, which have already been captured on camera in the previous films shot by EN-KNAP, have to face uncertain future and the possibility of impending demolition. In this homage by the author Iztok Kovač to his birth town, the international dance company EnKnapGroup confronts the mining facilities for the last time, before they disappear from the collective consciousness forever. The parting is decent: for the last time the members of the group fill these places with vitality and life as they experience it themselves.
created and performed by
Luke Thomas Dunne
Ida Katarina Hellsten
Lada Petrovski Ternovšek
EN-KNAP production team
Slovenian Film Centre, Public Agency
seat: Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
offices: Zaloška 61, SI-1100 Ljubljana, Slovenia
contact: Marjeta Lavrič, Producer
SAŠO PODGORŠEK, IZTOK KOVAČ
Vašhava is the latest work of the choreographer Iztok Kovač and director Sašo Podgoršek, who have previously created five critically acclaimed dance films and documentaries recognised both domestically and internationally.
EN-KNAP FILM PRODUCTION
Award-winning EN-KNAP dance films, among which probably best known are Vertigo Bird and Dom Svobode, are without exception filmed on locations in the Slovenian mining town of Trbovlje. In the films, the merciless, elemental labour and mining environment from the youth of the choreographer and dancer Iztok Kovač encounters his experience of European metropolises, yielding an intoxicating, vertiginous clash of two opposing worlds.
EN-KNAP Productions, founded in 1993 by Iztok Kovač in Leuven, Belgium as En-Knap dance company, and a year later as a production company based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has introduced and established its trademark aesthetics inside the European space, attracting an array of acclaimed international co-producers. In 20 years EN-KNAP has produced over 60 dance performances, 6 dance films, 6 documentaries and 20 other projects, winning international and domestic awards. EN-KNAP productions have been shown on over 400 guest appearances in over 30 countries across the world.
EN-KNAP Film Compilation available:
EN-KNAP Dance Films (1995-2006)
with a bonus DVD (EN-KNAP Documentaries)