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)