Igvi & Greben

Johan-Greben-Uri-IvgiJohan Greben began his career as a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet in 1985 and has performed in works by choreographers of world-class reputation such as, among others, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Carolyn Carlson, Rudi van Dantzig, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Edouard Lock, Hans van Manen, Krzystof Pastor, Toer van Schayk.
In 1989, Johan choreographed his first work "Later (Straks)" for the Dutch National Ballet. He subsequently received the award for most promising choreographer from the Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts and the Perspective Prize from Wim Barry. He was also awarded third prize for his duo "610" at the Choreography Competition in Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1996.
As a result he has created a number of works for various companies, schools and festivals.
Having initially studied theatre and sculpture Uri Igvi began his dance training at the school of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in 1987. From 1990 to 1997 Uri performed works by many world renowned choreographers with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.
In 1993 Uri choreographed his first work "Isch-Ischa" and he has frequently been asked to create works for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and for the Suzanne Della Centre (Tel Aviv, Israel). In 1998 he won the first prize for "Best Male Dancer" at the International Choreography Competition and the prize for best new Choreographer from the Ministry of Culture. In the same year he moved to the Netherlands and concentrated full time on his career as a choreographer.
Since then he has been assisted by many different Dutch organisations and has been asked to create numerous works for festivals, companies and schools in Europe.
In 2001 he took part in the International Choreography Competition in Groningen in the Netherlands with his duo "Longing" and received the audience prize. This same work won him second prize in the Choreography Competition in Hanover in 2002.