En-Knap Productions

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En-Knap Zavod za organizacijo in izvedbo kulturnih prireditev, Ljubljana
http://www.en-knap.com
office@en-knap.com
Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 620 8784
Fax386 (0) 1 620 8782
RegionSI-1
Iztok Kovač, Artistic Director and Company Manager
iztok.kovac@en-knap.com
Phone386 (0) 1 620 8785
Marjeta Lavrič, Programme and Production Manager
marjeta.lavric@en-knap.com
Marija Zidar, Head of Public Relations and Marketing
info@spanskiborci.si
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  • 20 July 2018
    The performance Dark Union by the EnKnapGroup (EKG), choreographed by Josef Nadj and produced by En-Knap Productions, at the Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti at Castle in Svetvinčenat, Croatia
    programme info
  • 16 August to 18 August 2018
    Pursuit of Happiness by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US) with EnKnapGroup (EKG), produced by En-Knap Productions, at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel at Nord in Zurich, Switzerland
    programme
Past Events
  • 11 July to 15 July 2018
    The performances Hero 2.0, produced by Moment Arts and Culture Association and En-Knap Productions, Dark Union and Ant Ferocious, both produced by En-Knap Productions; a concert by the Ljubljana International Orchestra (LIO) and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Živa Ploj Peršuh and co-produced by Ljubljana Festival; and an event by the Slovenian rapper Challe Salle, at the Mittelfest at Piazza Duomo, Teatro Ristori in Cividale del Friuli/Čedad, Italy
    programme
  • 14 March to 16 March 2018
    Pursuit of Happiness by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US) with EnKnapGroup (EKG), produced by En-Knap Productions, at the Hong Kong Arts Festival at HK City Hall in Hong Kong, China
    programme
  • 2 March to 3 March 2018
    Pursuit of Happiness by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US) with EnKnapGroup (EKG), produced by En-Knap Productions, at Kaaitheater in Brussels, Belgium
    programme
  • 14 February to 16 February 2018
    Pursuit of happiness by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US) with EnKnapGroup (EKG), produced by En-Knap Productions and co-produced by the Théâtre de la Ville, at Théâtre de la Cité internationale in Paris, France
    programme
  • 12 January to 14 January 2018
    Pursuit of happiness by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US) with EnKnapGroup (EKG), produced by En-Knap Productions, at the Under The Radar Festival at NYU Skirball in New York, USA
    programme
  • 13 October to 14 October 2017
    Pursuit of happiness by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US) with EnKnapGroup (EKG), produced by En-Knap Productions, at the Steirischer Herbst at Helmut List Halle in Graz, Austria
    programme
  • 30 May to 1 June 2016
    Nótt, produced by the Dance Theatre Ljubljana, and Falcon!, performed by Janez Janša and Iztok Kovač and produced by En-Knap Productions and Maska Institute, at the 33rd Dance Week Festival at Zagreb Dance Centre in Zagreb, Croatia
    programme
  • 20 August to 22 August 2015
    Phobia, performed also by EnKnapGroup (EKG) and produced by En-Knap Productions, at the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen at Romeo Tent Nooderplantsoen in Groningen, Netherlands
    programme
  • 16 November 2012
    OTTETTO, a dance performance produced by En-Knap at the Tempel Tanzfestival 2012 at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany
    programme



Saso Podgorsek - Vertigo Bird 01 - film still - Photo Ziga Koritnik.jpg

En-Knap Productions, a non-profit institution for the organisation and realisation of cultural events, was established in 1994, a year after the establishment of the international dance group En-Knap by the choreographer and dancer Iztok Kovač. Primarily a producer of contemporary dance performances, the organisation is also an active film and video producer.

In 2007 En-Knap Productions established EnKnapGroup (EKG), the first permanent professional contemporary dance group in Slovenia, and since 2009 it manages also the multi-purpose Španski borci Culture Centre in Ljubljana.

Background

Since its beginnings, En-Knap Productions acted as the producer of dance performances by the international dance group En-Knap, which was founded in 1993 by Iztok Kovač in Leuven, Belgium under the wings of the production-managing house Stuc and the Klapstuk Festival, Belgium. The group immediately gained wide recognition abroad as well as at home, while Iztok Kovač received the Prešeren Foundation Award for the group's first performance Spread Your Wings (You Clumsy Elephant) (1993) and for his acclaimed solo How I Caught a Falcon (1991). This was the first time that the highest national cultural award was given to an artist coming from the field of contemporary dance. The group's later productions, marked by their trademark aesthetic, have toured extensively and received numerous international and domestic awards, among others also the London Dance and Performance Award from Time Out magazine in 1993 for the solo How I Caught a Falcon and the Swedish Grand Prix International Video Dance Award in 1996. In its first decade, En-Knap Productions has also produced works by other artists, such as Mala Kline, Andreja Rauch, Maja Delak (all former collaborators of En-Knap), Hanna Preuss and others.

Stage production and international networking

In 2007 En-Knap Productions established EnKnapGroup (EKG), the first permanent professional contemporary dance group in Slovenia, including an international team of dancers. The group, selected via auditions, has worked with an array of prominent international and domestic co-producers, choreographers, and directors and has been steadily building up its repertoire of successful and critically acclaimed contemporary dance and theatre works that are shown at prominent venues and festivals around the world.

En-Knap Productions also runs two main international programs. As a member of the Aerowaves Network, aimed at creating cross-border performance opportunities for emerging European choreographers, it organises the Import-Export international program, which brings acclaimed dance productions to Ljubljana on a monthly basis and has hosted names such as Julyen Hamilton, Wendy Houstoun, Steve Paxton, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, DV8, etc. In 2011 it co-organised the inaugural Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival at the Španski borci Culture Centre in Ljubljana, which has evolved into a year-round festival Plesna Vesna (Spring Forward), which showcases young European dance, mainly drawing from the Aerowaves network open call applications.

In the 25 years of En-Knap Productions' activities, the institute has collaborated with over 50 international and national co-producers, recieved numerous (international) awards, and organised over 90 workshops, master classes, and auditions, in which over 3000 dancers and other artists have participated.

It has collaborated with many acclaimed international co-producers, such as the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, tanzmainz (Germany), Atelier 3+1 (Joseph Nadj), Hebbel-Theatre, Berlin; The Place London; Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Springdance Festival, Utrecht; Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gent; Szene, Salzburg; TanzBremen, Bremen; Podewil/TanzWerkstatt, Berlin; Joint Adventures, Munich; Luzerntanz, Luzern; and CNDC L´Esquisse, Angers.

En-Knap Productions also organises dance workshops for children and is part of the project Transferzala, a combined season ticket for five independent Ljubljana theatres: Mini Theatre, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station, and Glej Theatre.

Film production

En-Knap Productions filmography includes six dance films and six documentaries, most of which were made in collaboration with the Slovene film director Sašo Podgoršek. The award-winning En-Knap dance films are without exception filmed on locations in the Slovenian mining town of Trbovlje and include Vertigo Bird [compare Vertigo Bird] (1996), which received the Award for Best Film at the Festival of Slovenian Film and the Springdance Cinema Award in Holland; House of Freedom (2000), both directed by Sašo Podgoršek and featuring choreography by Iztok Kovač; the short film Taming the Time (2000), directed by Dan Oki, a Croatian film and video artist; What Are You Going to Do When You Get Out of Here? (2006) and Vashava (2014), both recipients of multiple awards at the Festival of Slovenian Film. En-Knap's film production is supported by the Slovenian Film Centre.

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