In Fugue in Two Colors Knif explores the expressive power of movement. The piece is a study of the ancient relationship between music and dance. The strict musical form of Dmitri Šostakovitš’s preludes and fugues is juxtaposed with the rambling movement of six dancers.
The main focus is on the dancer as a perceiving and sensing being. The relationship between the prelude and fugue, two entities, related but yet different, is a basic characteristic of the choreography.
The audiovisuality deliberately breaks a form that Šostakovitš has borrowed from Bach, therefore creating a third generation adaptation of the traditional form.
Carl Knif Company
Since the start of the company in 2012 it has risen to the forefront of Finnish dance with blend of highly recognizable narratives and virtuoso dancing. The themes of the pieces are frank, personal and fearlessly bare and yet mercifully poetical. The straightforward nature of the work, which arises from a profound artistic sensitivity and a strikingly well conceived visuality, makes the pieces memorable.
The work of Carl Knif Company has gained international interest. Knif’s pieces have toured in 10 countries.
Knif was awarded the State Price for Performing Arts in 2016.
Lately Knif has broadened his work to the field of theatre. His adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis played for sold out audiences during multiple seasons. The production has toured both nationally and internationally.
Various physical theatre productions of a similar kind are under planning. Simultaneously Carl Knif Company is working on productions based solely on the power of movement and dance.