Carl Knif Company
Since the beginning in 2012 the company 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.
Knif has created more than 20 pieces for his own company, in coproduction with theaters or as commissioned works. Some of his works are non-verbal based on power of movement and dance, some are more towards theater. The works fit into various genres thus forming an own “Carl Knif Company’s genre” in which Knif combines dance and theatre skillfully.
The work of Carl Knif Company has gained international interest. Knif’s pieces have toured so far in 10 countries.
Knif was awarded the State Price for Performing Arts in 2016. and in 2022 he received a prize from the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland for the dramaturgy of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play.
In 2022 Carl Knif Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with four new productions.
Sessions is a co-production with Zodiak – Centre for New Dance and in collaboration with West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong. The premiere was 5.5.2022 in Dance House, Helsinki.
Other premieres in 2022 are:
Matka, 21.6.2022, Kuopio Dance Festival
Presidenterna, 4.11.2022, Espoo City Theatre
Två duetter, 26.11.2022, DuvTeatern’s studio, Helsinki
Carl Knif Company has produced a 80 pages history of its first decade. E-book can be found here.