IVGI&GREBEN becomes the first professional dance company in Friesland (NL)
A dream the two choreographers Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben had for a long time has finally come true:
Their own company, situated in the province of Friesland in the North of The Netherlands.
Their application was granted and the province received them with open arms. The IVGI&GREBEN company will be based in the city of Leeuwarden. From there, in 2021 until 2024 they will execute their many plans and express their love of dance in a variety of activities.
After many years of creating mostly international dance pieces, Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben decided to change their focus. From 2017 onwards they started to produce in The Netherlands, aiming to deepen their practise and find more continuity. They felt the need to work with a set group of dancers and have longer lifespans for their productions. With the dance performances We Are In Trouble and De Voorlopers they toured the Dutch theatres and connected to an audience of their own. Now, their efforts are rewarded by the Province of Friesland, granting them support and acknowledging their ‘excellent artistic quality and craftsmanship’. Friesland appreciates the work as ‘inspired, intense and powerful’.
The financial base enables IVGI&GREBEN to create a new show every year and to sustain these longer as repertoire. They will perform the new works in Friesland itself, throughout The Netherlands and internationally.
IVGI&GREBEN will creatively propagate their love of dance and their connection to Friesland. For example, with a yearly opening of the cultural season, during which their dance interventions will appear in different locations and they will collaborate with an array of cultural institutions in the city of Leeuwarden. And, last but not least, IVGI&GREBEN‘s first new dance production, entitled Forgot to Love will premiere in November 2021 in Schouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden.
IVGI&GREBEN are supported financially by the Province of Friesland (NL)
Already during their individual dance careers, respectively at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel and the Dutch National Ballet in The Netherlands, Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben successfully started their individual career as a choreographer. Uri Ivgi received the prize as Emerging Choreographic Talent from the Ministry of Culture in Israel in 1998. In 2001 he won the Audience Award for his duet ‘Longing’ at the International Choreographers Competition in Groningen, and the second prize at the International Choreographers Competition in Hanover, Germany. Johan Greben won the Encouragement Prize Choreography from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts in 1998, and in 1990 the Wim Barry Award for his first choreography ‘Straks. Both created various choreographies for companies, festivals and schools in Europe.
Ivgi&Greben started their collaboration with the creation of Carmen for the Szeged Contemporary Dance Company in Hungary in 2003. Since then they are creating for many companies worldwide.
Ivgi&Greben present their ideas and thoughts through an imaginative body vocabulary combined with poetic images that build and break, and touch and confront. They consider their work to be a mirror for their audience as well as themselves and so invite the audience to search for a personal reflection of reality. Using themes such as oppression, tension between individuals and groups, longing for freedom and love, and sexuality and acceptance, Ivgi&Greben create a visual world blending movement, music, light and costumes into an aesthetic of their own.
In 2011, Ivgi&Greben received The Golden Mask Award in Moscow in the category Best Choreographer-Ballet / Contemporary Dance for this Is Not A Love Song, created for the Provincial Dances Theatre in Russia. The Golden Mask is the most prestigious theatre award in Russia.
In 2014 and 2015 Ivgi&Greben worked as artistic leaders of the Rozbark Theatre in Poland. The recreation of their successful production This Is Not A Love Song was nominated as best production of the year. They also founded the festival, Rozbark in Motion combined with a training program for dancers and choreographers. Ivgi&Greben presented the Rozbark Theatre in Germany, France and The Netherlands.
Ivgi&Greben created for Ballet Junior de Geneva, Tanzkompanie Theater St. Gallen, Tanzkompanie Konzert Theater Bern, CH; National Theatre Ballet, Prague Chamber Ballet, CZ; Ballett am Rhein, DE; It dansa, ES; Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, GB; Szeged Contemporary Dance Company, HU; Balletto Teatro di Torino, IT; Dansgroep Amsterdam, Introdans, Scapino Ballet NL; Wroclaw Opera Ballet, PL; Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, SKR; Modern Dance Turkey, TR; Provincial Dances Theatre, RU; Skânes Dansteater, Norrdans SE.