Often described as as passionate, theatrical and very physical, the works by Ivgi & Greben are known for powerful images and lasting impressions they create.
Prior to forming their dynamic partnership in 2003, both Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben had established successful careers as performers and choreographers - Uri dancing with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel from 1990-97 and Johan a member of the Dutch National Ballet between 1985 and 1995. They both received critical acclaim and awards as well as winning numerous competitions. For his first work in 1989, Greben received the Encouragement Award for Choreography from the Amsterdam Foundations of the Arts. In 1998 Ivgi won Irsael’s Ministry of Culture Award for Upcoming Choregraphic Talent.
Their artistic collaboration was first forged in 2003 with a new interpretation of Carmen for Hungary’s Szeged Contemporary Ballet which was lauded at several international festivals. Since then their choreography for companies across Europe and further afield has included - Holland’s Dansgroep Amsterdam, Introdans, and Scapino Ballet; Germany’s Ballett am Rhein; Modern Dance in Turkey; Korea National Contemporary Dance Company and in Sweden, Skânes Dansteater and Norrdans.
In 2011, Ivgi & Greben’s This Is Not A Love Song for Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg, Russia won the prestigious Golden Mask Award in Moscow for Best Choreographer-Ballet/Contemporary Dance.
Following their UK debut for Scottish Dance Theatre in 2006, Document is Ivgi & Greben’s first work for Phoenix Dance Theatre.