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TOP5 series is back. This week is our guest Slovenian choreographer, teacher and dancer IZTOK KOVAČ.


Photo: Enknap website

Few words about Iztok Kovač:

The choreographer, teacher and dancer Iztok Kovač in 1990s virtually out of nothing established the notion of the Slovene contemporary dance in the cultural space of Europe and beyond. In 1993 he established the international dance company En-Knap in Leuven, Belgium, under the wings of Klapstuk Festival; a year later the group moved its headquarters to Ljubljana, where he established EN-KNAP Productions. After 14 years of project-based work, in 2007 Kovač founded the international dance company EnKnapGroup, the first permanent ensemble for contemporary dance in Slovenia, thus beginning working on a repertory basis. Two years later EN-KNAP Productions was entrusted the management of the Španski Borci Cultural Centre in Ljubljana, where Iztok Kovač is the artistic director, and programmer of the domestic and international programme. In addition to 30 own projects, artistic direction and pedagogical work, his opus includes also five dance films. In 20 years, his EN-KNAP has introduced and established its own esthetics inside the European space and formed its trademark, into which many acclaimed coproducers have invested from the outset. For his work, Iztok Kovač has received prominent domestic and international awards.

OTTETO (8 Swings for His Highness) – The most rigorous and complex work by Iztok Kovač to date.” –  Delo Newspaper

The established film-making duo, the choreographer Iztok Kovač and film director Sašo Podgoršek, are currently working on their new dance film in the production of EN-KNAP, and featuring EnKnapGroup dance company.
The film with the working title ‘Vašhava’ represents the peak of EN-KNAP’s film production, which to date includes five dance films and six documentaries. Thematically the new film will round up EN-KNAP’s 15 years of reflection on an industrial era that marked the mining town of Trbovlje.

The permanent dance company EnKnapGroup founded in 2007 by Iztok Kovač and EN-KNAP Productions is the only professional ensemble for cRage against the machineontemporary dance in Slovenia.

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