Uri Ivgi, originally from Israel, and Dutchman Johan Greben have been working together successfully for 15 years, and their work has been performed by leading companies all over the world. After the successful tour of their dance performance We Are In Trouble last season, Ivgi&Greben now present their new performance, De Voorlopers, which will premiere at ITA.
Internationally renowned dance artists pay tribute to idealism.
For Ivgi&Greben, De Voorlopers is a representation of a powerful idealism and alternative paths in art and life. In today's era of negativism, they want to put the positive, liberating power of ideals first. Five dancers are the first to arrive on a distant planet where they are to settle. There's nothing there yet, so what will they do? How will they relate to each other? Which values and ideals will form the foundations of their community?
There is creation and demolition, there is abundance and also scarcity. It is a laboratory of shifting relationships between people and between people and their environment.
Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben have been working together since 2003. This choreography duo has over 30 choreography credits to their name. In recent years, Ivgi&Greben have primarily been internationally focused. The quality of their powerful, physical and expressive dance style has been recognised and regularly awarded prizes in the various countries where they’ve worked. In Moscow, they received the Golden Mask Award for Best Choreographer in Ballet/Contemporary Dance. After years of success abroad, they made their first full-length dance performance in the Netherlands in 2018 with We are in Trouble. Ivgi&Greben place themes such as oppression, tension between individuals and groups, and the desire for freedom and love at the heart of their work. They create a visual world in which movement, music, light and costumes merge into a unique aesthetic.
The press on We Are In Trouble (2018):
Powerful representation of the refugee's existence. - Theaterkrant ****
'Eight dancers moving almost non-stop.' - de Volkskrant
'(...) the plea for more understanding and less 'us against them' feels authentic.' - Het Parool
choreography and costume design Uri Ivgi & Johan Greben
music Tom Parkinson
light and set design Edwin van Steenbergents