reviews

 

WE ARE IN TROUBLE

Theaterkrant 4****
‘With this new piece Ivgi&Greben take up their rightful place in the Dutch dance field. Based on their long service record and this convincing performance they most definitely deserve it.’

‘Imaginative and powerful portrayal of the life of refugees. Strong ensemble urges us to face up to the facts of the deplorable life of refugees. A beautifully serene ending.’

Volkskrant
‘…call for a more humane perspective and a warm welcome to strangers…’
‘…energetic performance We Are In Trouble in which eight dancers are incessantly in motion…..’

Leeuwarder Courant, 4****
‘A raw, intense show, in which mankind on the run is central.’

‘the end scene of We Are In Trouble is utterly moving’

‘It is this unceasing send of loneliness and togetherness which has an almost meditative effect.’

Het Parool
‘The ensemble dances with spirit and dedication.’

‘The plea for more understanding and ‘less we against them’ feels authentic.’

‘The end is touching by its (intentional?) naive honesty.’

Dance Europe Magazine
‘It is liberating to see so much movement in a Dutch dance-landscape that is currently dominated by non-dance.

I’m happy they returned to the Dutch dance-scene and hopefully we will see much more of these two in the coming time.’

 

SACRE

Berner Zeitung
‘The Sacre last night did hit me, like no show has done for a long time’

‘Ivgi&Greben do not allow the viewer to take any distance. The Sacre sucks and forces you to find your own path in this story, demands identification with one of the heroes trapped in this closed world’.

Weekly Magazine 5*****
‘Amazing and so unexpected that this time no woman was sacrificed. Totally of our time today ‘.

Stefan Drajewski 5*****
‘The Sacre of Ivgi&Greben can boldly stand alongside the famous versions of Pina Bausch’s canonical and Maurice Béjart.

 

EACH OTHER

Mary Brennan 5*****
‘Brutal, visionary, seething with timeless relevance.

‘Ivg&Greben have yanked Scottish Ballet’s dancers out of their classically-trained comfort zone and into the seismic landscape of Each Other’

‘Each Other saw the young dancers triumph in a profoundly challenging choreography that needs to be seen again after this world premiere.

Bruce Marriot 5*****
‘It immediately felt like I was looking at a scene from pretty much every war-torn country. This could be Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and even Northern Irelands during the troubles’.

‘It was all at once heart wrenching and mesmerizing and all taking place against the pulsating score composed by Tom Parkinson’.

‘Each Other is a terrific acquisition for the company and a major piece of work by Ivgi&Greben. It would be a great piece to see at the Edinburgh Festival that’s for sure’.

Kingdom of Style 5*****
‘It was impossible not to be moved by this piece. It reflects everything that’s happening in the world from Trump and his wall, to the Palestinians and Israelis’.

‘At last we are seeing contemporary choreographers understanding you can do amazing things with a corps de ballet rather than marching in to a company and only wanting to work with principals and a few rapidly rising stars’.

 

BABY BOY 

Délmagyarország by Anna F. Szalai
‘Ivgi&Greben create images with an exceptionally deep message’.

‘The images get stuck in your head and stay there for a long time’.

Hungary Today
‘Baby Boy is a modern creation that plays with impressions and the imagination of the viewer. It is perplexing and deep’.

Budapest Times
‘Baby Boy is powerfully connected with current contemporary topics’.

‘With their powerful and idiosyncratic body language, Ivgi&Greben are even able to express such soft things as peace’.

 

DOCUMENT 

Peter Jacobs 4****
‘Document proves to be the highlight of the evening. An uncompromising work of dark beauty, choreographed by European Ivgi&Greben, relatively unseen in the UK to date but definitely ones to watch’.

‘Document was dark, fascinating and satisfactorily difficult. ‘It has a strong vibe and is an intense slab of edgy, modern choreography’. Ivgi & Greben: more please!’

TPR Northwest 5*****
‘The remarkable, exhaustedly combative, collaborative duet is a tenderly bleak and emotional coda to a fantastic piece of dance theatre’.

Ian Street 5*****
‘Exciting, powerful, and thought-provoking’.

‘Document was grim, dark, deep and intense. When it was over I felt breathless, that was the tension that was created’.

 

FORGOT TO LOVE
Jekaterinburg News 13/11/2012

With their first collaboration in 2009/2010 Ivgi & Greben received the prestigious Golden Mask Award for their full length choreography This Is Not A Love Song. This new and very different creation was just as impressive.

At a certain point you realize that you’re no longer just a spectator, but that you’re part of the performance. It is the power and synergy of choreography, design and music. No doubt the merit of the choreographer duo Ivgi & Greben who developed the theme has so accurately. From beginning to end they let them find their audience to reflect on their own lives. This performance is a mirror in which, without prejudice to anyone, everyone is affected. For me a second Golden Mask.

Tom Parkinson composed an absolutely wonderful collage of sounds, noises, live and electronic instruments. A beautiful palette of echoes of the industrial sounds, noise and tribal techno music with a touch of primitiveness, perfectly correlated with the action on stage.

OBJECT 

Het Parool – Bregtje Schudel
An intriguing solo of Ivgi & Greben that both captivates and questions. Magistral!

Volkskrant – Mirjam van der Linden
An extreme example of flexibility. An oppressive, virtuosic solo of Ivgi & Greben. Nobody can deny that this is not exactly a cheerful image of a woman.

NRC Handelsblad – Francine van der Wiel
An incredibly interesting demonstration of mental and physical malleability.

Meppeler Courant – Ton Henzen
Theatrical and passionate simple labels make a careful attempt to tell the story of the choreographer duo Ivgi & Greben. The images get stuck in your head and stay sitting there for a long time.

Dancetalk – Ora Brafman 03/12/2015
Ivgi & Greben are a choreographer duo living in Holland. Here in Israel they presented their solo with dancer Alyona Lezhava. In the first minute it is not clear if the person wrapped in layers of plastic is male or female. The tight binding flattens her breast and creates a camouflage of the body parts. In this moment the words imprisonment, flattening, binding, alienation come to mind. A human cocooned in its own web. The mouth is blocked with black masking tape. How will she shout?

Actually this work is no less about us then about her. As we are confronted with a binded women she looks at us like a bar dancer would look at her public. A victim and a victimiser, but Ivgi & Greben challenge this double look and shift it from the expected way, away from the banal. The different layers bring out the unconscious, which has influence on any person’s look, at the way one will interpret the situation.

In the meantime Alyona grounds herself in a poise of control. She challenges points of view that are taken for granted when she spreads her legs and pushes her vagina towards the face of the public. She lowers herself into a deep plié with a shaking body, strokes herself with a shut-off face. A background of darkness exposes an upper body bare from the layers of plastic foil which remains only around her hips. The visible victory in a conceptual sense not more then another layer of skin. On the contrary they even give it emphasis. The knowledge that the viewers are taking part in her auto erotic game, changing it forcefully into manipulative, a hint of control in a complicated situation, a hint of a cry of help.

It’s a tight choreography in many ways. The unnecessary is removed, all the distractions normally used to try and create beauty. She succeeds in touching the viewer in different emotional places, and above all she leaves a screen of loneliness, and a touch of sadness, for her, and for us.

BACKYARD  
Theater: Pur – In NRW,  Marieluise Jeitschko 18/03/2012

World class of Dance in the state capital of NRW

With Ivgi & Greben Ballett am Rhein invited a choreographer duo of the caliber Lightfoot / Leon. The premiere of Backyard is a fantastic business card for the Dutch duo working together since 2003, but until now had never been seen before in Germany. The surprise of the evening.

 

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG
NRC Handelsblad, Michel Krielaars 23/05/2010

A brilliant collaboration with the Provincial Dances Theatre.The critical Moscow audience was exuberant about the piece, which premiered in December in Yekaterinburg and is now winning the hearts of dance-loving audiences in Moscow.

This is not a love song is about oppression and freedom. When the curtain rose, seven dancers hung folded up in large swings. One by one, they awoke like butterflies emerging from their cocoons. They then tumbled onto the ground, where they crawled together in wild movements to form a column. The association with the oppression of the Russian people under communism was thus firmly established.

The violence of the oppression transformed itself into a heroic struggle for freedom that ended in a victory over evil and the question of what should be done with the newly won freedom. The duets in which this was expressed were moving and intimate. The group on stage then turned its focus to a forlorn individualism that struggled to find its way in a still violent world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENT – Phoenix Dance Theatre, GB
The highlight of the evening. Document, an uncompromising work of dark beauty, is an intense slab of edgy, modern choreography. Five dancers twitch, shuffle and flail in and out of synchronicity, thrown together as a group, torn apart as individuals. Document suggests a grim dystopian future world of repetitive drudgery and subjugation as well as strongly evoking the everyday suffering of modern urban warfare. Repetition, obedience, punishment, subjugation, instability and dehumanisation are forensically examined. It’s wonderfully powerful, thought-provoking and exciting.
Posted by: TPR Northwest in Dance, North West

 

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG – Provincial Dances Theatre, RU
The Goethe Institute, British Council Cultural department of the Dutch Embassy held a competition for European choreographers.The result of this Israli-Dutch-Russian collaboration, the choreography for ‘This is not a love song’, was stunning. This strong work about oppression transformed itself into a heroic struggle for freedom that ended in a victory over evil and the question of what should be done with the newly won freedom. The duets in which this was expressed were moving and intimate. The group on stage then turned its focus to a forlorn individualism that struggled to find its way in a still violent world.The critical Moscow audience was exuberant about the piece, which premiered in December in Yekaterinburg and is now winning the hearts of dance-loving audiences in Moscow.
Michel Krielaars/NRC Handelsblad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Het Parool – An intriguing  solo of Ivgi&Greben that both captivates and questions. Magistral!

Volkskrant – An extreme example of flexibility. An oppressive, virtuosic solo of Ivgi&Greben. Nobody can deny that this is not exactly a cheerful image of a woman.

NRC Handelsblad – An incredibly interesting demonstration of mental and physical malleability.

Meppeler Courant – One of the most bizarre dance pieces I ever saw. The images fasten in your head and stay there for a very long period.