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Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!

The performance on 27 March 2015 at 6.30 pm is in English!
Both performances on 29 March 2015 (6 and 8 pm) are in Slovenian.

Choreographer Iztok Kovač, the founder of the important dancing ensemble EnKnapGroup from Ljubljana, and director, theatre theoretician and performer Janez Janša, now, in their fifties, return to the cult solo performance by Kovač How I Caught a Falcon from 1991. It is impossible to step into the same river, and they don´t even try. The original solo is just a frame for their contemporary ideas about art and ageing, and a basis for their honest testimony about human limits. The original choreography is a beautiful pretext to celebrate dance and to be on stage again. For the perfectionist Kovač who understands the body as a potent, agile machine, it is not easy. He struggles, through the choreography he confronts himself with the production of his youth, and also with Janša who contradicts him. It is Janša who provokes Kovač to dance again, to question the limiting belief that ageing inevitably means the end of the artistic carrier to a dance artist.

However, there are no tired and disenchanted old men on stage. Their physical fitness is obvious even today. But even more precious is their playful confrontation with their own past, or rather, with their past ideals.

Their locomotive-personal dialogue is carried in a sympathetically civil tone; questions pertaining to the past and future are asked carelessly, charmingly provocatively, as if two friends were teasing each other. They juggle with the relativity of their opinions and ideas about why do we need the dance art today. They question their qualities as well as their past ambitions. The enchanting but mostly playful scenic storytelling is made dynamic not just by their differing opinions, but also by their different artistic directions and different temperaments.

Through the dance solo, thanks to which Slovenian art made itself visible abroad, they return to the beginnings of forming the independent art scene in Slovenia after the fall of socialism and the break-up of the federal state of Yugoslavia. Therefore, the selfdefinition then and now is multiple. Contemporary dance, formulating as a genre its new direction freed from the pressure of tradition and old dance techniques, is being self-defined. A freshly originated nation is searching its identity and its place within the wider whole – the Europe – in independence. And young artist flies toward something in which he sees the promise of total freedom. Every self-definition has a common aspect – the desire to be unrestrained and to have space in which it can show its strength, just like a falcon.

Almost a quarter of century has passed since the premiere of How I Caught a Falcon. Where are today these two creators and how does the art scene look like? Iztok Kovač is even in the age of fifty flexible and fast, and Janez Janša is still as playful and surprising as he used to be. They both have come to know their own limits as well as the limits of the local art scene. Some of it they have already anticipated from the start, and at the beginning of the nineties they even prophetically named it. Much of what they have discovered later has proven to be inspiring for future creation. And namely with this consciousness, they step again into the old form tailored to the needs of a spontaneous, or maybe even naive young artistic explosion. Experience is dancing hand in hand with youthfulness.

Is the beauty and the agility of human movement, known by our grandfathers gathered around the physical training clubs called Falcon, really irretrievably gone, as the society is still obsessed with the ideas of a potent, healthy and impressive body? Falcon! is a neverending struggle for perfection, for the effort to persist in movement and to never stop moving.

Maja Hriešik
Divadelna Nitra Festival brochure (26 Sept. – 1. Oct. 2014), p. 33-34. 

Colophon

Production: Zavod EN-KNAP
Co-Production: Maska Ljubljana

Concept, Performed by: Iztok Kovač, Janez Janša 
Voice: Nada Vodušek  
Guests in Videos: Jonathan Burrows, Julyen Hamilton, Mateja Rebolj, Renata Salecl 
Light Design, Technical Direction: Luka Curk 
Set Design: Iztok Kovač, Janez Janša, Luka Curk 
Costume Design: Valter Kobal 
Photo: Miha Fras
Executive Producer: Marjeta Lavrič 

Events
— 15-10-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
Maska & Zavod EN-KNAP (Three Orders of Time)


— 15-10-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
Maska & Zavod EN_KNAP (Three Orders of Time)


— 16-10-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci, Zaloška cesta 61, Ljubljana
Maska & Zavod EN_KNAP (Three Orders of Time)


— 22-10-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP & Maska


— 22-10-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španksi borci, Zaloška 21, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP & Maska


— 03-11-2013 : Janez Janše & Izotk Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP Institut


— 17-11-2013 : Janez Janša & Izotk Kovač: FALCON!
Španski boric, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP & Maska


— 18-11-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci - Small Hall, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP


— 19-11-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski boric - Small Hall, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP


— 27-11-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci - Small Hall, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP


— 11-12-2013 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci - Small Hall, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP


— 20-01-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci - center kulture, Zaloška 61, Ljubljana
EN-KNAP Institution


— 31-01-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Delavski dom Trbovlje
DDT & Zavod EN-KNAP


— 28-03-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Cultural Centre Španski borci - small hall
44. Week Of Slovenian Drama & EN-KNAP


— 23-09-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski Borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EN-KNAP


— 23-09-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FLACON!
Španski Borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EN-KNAP


— 28-09-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Andrej Bagar Theatre - Studio
Divadelna Nitra 2014 Festival (Slovakia)


— 15-10-2014 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
4 + 4 Days in Motion, Prague (Czech Republic)
19. International Festival of Contemporary Art Prague


— 27-03-2015 : Janez Janša&Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski Borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EKG Overwiev festival


— 29-03-2015 : Janez Janša&Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski Borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EKG Overwiev festival


— 29-03-2015 : Janez Janša&Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EKG Overwiev festival


— 18-02-2016 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EN KNAP & MASKA


— 19-02-2016 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EN KNAP & MASKA


— 31-05-2016 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON! → The performance is in the English language
Španski borci - Mala dvorana
EN KNAP


— 01-06-2016 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: Falcon!
Zagrebački plesni centar - ZPC, Zagreb (CRO)
33rd Dance Week Festival, Zagreb (CRO)


— 17-03-2017 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci Cultural Centre - Small Hall
EN-KNAP & Maska


— 23-03-2017 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Tanzquartier Wien / Halle G (Vienna, Austrija)
Tanzquartier Wien


— 26-03-2017 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Tanzmainz festival #2, Staadtheater Mainz (Germany)
Tanzmainz festival #2


— 24-02-2018 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Narodni dom Maribor
NAGIB na ODER & EN-KNAP


— 26-09-2019 : Janez Janša & Iztok Kovač: FALCON!
Španski borci – small hall
EN-KNAP & Maska