Iztok Kovač

Thematic focus of the performance refers to the relativity of individual`s perception and the meaning of loneliness in contemporary society. The work invokes the ancient Indian parable about five blind men who examined different parts of an elephant: it`s side, leg, trunk, tail, and ear... Unable to grasp the entire animal, they interpreted the elephant only in terms of the part they could comprehend: "An elephant is a tree", said the blind man who grasped the leg; "An elephant is a sort of snake", said one who touched the trunk; etc. But none sees the whole…

Premiere: 19/3/2006
ZeKaeM, Zagreb

"Performance Solitaire of the renowned dancer and choreographer Iztok Kovač is questioning the concept of truth as a fundamental division between the way things really are and the way they seem to be to an individual`s own perception. Today, reality is not something that can be reproduced but something that is always already reproduced. Reality itself almost stops to be real, it tranforms itself in our own phantasm, or simulacrum.... The experience of the contemporary audience is presented as a universal fall into representation, which simultaneously confirms and undermines the perceptive differences between a being and an illusion." (Saša Božić)


concept in choreography
Iztok Kovač

created and performed by
Sara Barbieri
Darija Doždor
Aleš Hadalin
Gali Kaner
Iztok Kovač
Carmen Larazz
Janina Rajakangas
Ognjen Vučinić

Aleš Hadalin

live sampling
Gali Kaner

set design
Goran Petercol

Damir Šimunović

light design
Goran Petercol
Zoran Grabarac

costume design
Emina Tataragić

Saša Božić

visual theory
Uršula Berlot

Krunoslav Levačić
Joži Šalej

used music
Duke Ellington
Jimmy Rushing
ljudske pesmi

technical assistants
Zoran Grabarac
Saša Bogojević

Jasenko Rasol

Zagrebački Plesni Ansambl

executive producers
Damir Domitrović Kos
Mirna Čubranić

production assistants
Ksenija Gorjak
Urša Comino

Cankarjev dom

The program of EN-KNAP is financially supported by the Slovene Ministry of Culture and by the City Council of Ljubljana - Departement for Culture.