EnKnapGroup (EKG)

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Plesna skupina EnKnapGroup (EKG)
Metelkova 6, Zaloška 61 (office), SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 620 8784
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Iztok Kovač, Director
Phone386 (0) 1 620 8785
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Marjeta Lavrič, Producer
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Marija Zidar, Public Relations
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Tanja Skok, Rehearsal Director for EnKnapGroup
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Past Events

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The international dance company EnKnapGroup (EKG), founded in 2007 by Iztok Kovač and En-Knap Productions, is currently the only permanent professional ensemble for contemporary dance in Slovenia. A composition of remarkable dancers under the artistic direction of choreographer Iztok Kovač, EnKnapGroup's work is dedicated to collaborations with innovative, creative authors and production practices and articulations of new approaches to contemporary dance. Over the nine years of its existence, EnKnapGroup has collaborated with 20 choreographers and directors in 30 performances.

Since 2009, the group has its permanent rehearsal spaces at the Španski borci Culture Centre, where they also present their newest works.


Performances and collaborating artists

EnKnapGroup has collaborated with numerous internationally acclaimed contemporary dance choreographers and theatre directors. One of the main orientations of the group in the first part of its existence was an articulation of different stage genres and poetics, which they undertook by working with renowned choreographers such as Matjaž Farič in Order [Ukaz] (2008), Andreja Rauch in Celebration [Praznovanje] (2007), Claudia de Serpa Soares in Raw [Surovo] (2009), and Mala Kline and theatre director Tomi Janežič in the site-specific project Romeo and Public [Romeo in publika] (2008).

In 2012, Iztok Kovač choreographed Ottetto (8 Swings for His Highness), a piece for 14 performers (besides the dancers, also 8 musicians and a conductor) built around the composition Octet, a 16-minute musical delicacy by Igor Stravinsky from 1923, which relied heavily on visual elements (videography, set and light design). Also in 2012, the group collaborated with Rosana Hribar & Gregor Luštek and Csaba Molnár in a double bill performance '68 that addressed the question of revolution, personal engagement, freedom, and possibilities of resistence. The group's latest piece Phobia [Fobija] (2015), a complex intertwinement of dance, theatre, and live music, choreographed by Guy Weizman and Roni Haver and co-produced by Club Guy & Roni and Slagwerk Den Haag, premiered at the 2015 edition of Noordezon, Performance Arts Festival in the Netherlands.

Aiming to address the possibilities of the dance medium as a practice that may augment theatrical expressivity, the group often collaborates with theatre directors, such as Sebastijan Horvat, with whom they have created the performance Decision [Ukrep], based on the once "forbidden text" of the same title by Bertolt Brecht, which was reconstructed in 2013 with the new cast; Bojan Jablanovec of Via Negativa in Cut Out [Črtano] (2009); Matjaž Zupančič in the theatre-dance performance 20th Century Fog [Megla stoletja] (2014), exploring the paradoxes underlying the cultural landscape of possibly one of the most puzzling centuries, which also opened the 2015 edition of the Maribor Theatre Festival. The current and former casts of the group also appear the newest film by Kovač and Sašo Podgoršek Vashava (2014), which premiered at the Festival of Slovenian Film.

In 2013, the group created a highly successful didactic performance event Beware, Dance! [Pozor, hud ples!], directed by Iztok Kovač, which inventively demonstrated creative procedures of contemporary dance and was in 2015 expanded to include the international history and prominent figures of contemporary dance in Take a Chance on Dance [Pozor, hud ples 2].

EnKnapGroup was formed via two auditions in 2007 and 2010. Presently consisting of five regular members, the cast was extended in 2015 within the project EKG+, ensemble for contemporary dance, implemented through the instrument New Career Perspectives II, which is partly financed by the European Union.


EKG's larger productions have toured extensively and have been shown at prominent performance art festivals throughout Europe, including Internationale Tanztage (Oldenburg), Contemporary Dance Week (Zagreb), Tanz im August (Berlin), Bratislava in Movement (Bratislava), Festival Free Heel (Levigne), Culturescapes Festival (Basel, Bern, and Churn), Infant Festival (Novi Sad), International Festival of Contemporary Art 4+4 Days in Motion (Prague), etc.

EKG's performances are also shown at Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance.

Trailer of the dance-theatre site-specific project Romeo and Public, 2008

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