Since 1995 Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten have worked together in their joint search for new dance forms. Out of curiosity for the body and its inner motives they created their first joint work in 1996: the solo Bianco, which became the first part of the trilogy Fra Cervello e Movimento (between brain and movement). In that same year they wrote a manifesto setting out 7 principles of dance and their impact on the body and the spectator. They founded dance company Emio Greco | PC in 1996. From the beginning it has been more than a dance company: it promotes a broader attitude towards the consciousness of the body.
Emio Greco | PC
After the internationally successful dance productions that Greco and Scholten created between 1996 and 2001, they shifted their perspective and that of their company, to opera, music and film. At the request of the Edinburgh International Festival they directed two operas: Orfeo ed Euridice and The Assassin Tree. Together with Dutch leading theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, they staged Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema. In 2004, a continuous project, Double Points: + , about dance, music and interactivity with contemporary Swiss composer Hanspeter Kyburz followed. In 2009 they joined forces with world-class Dutch violist Janine Jansen and Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst. These interdisciplinary excursions gave rise to the trilogy that is inspired by Dante’s La Divina Commedia. In 2006, the first part, the highly acclaimed dance production HELL premiered, in 2008 the second part [purgatorio] followed in the Holland Festival. The final part, you PARA | DISO, premiered in 2010.
Some of the more recent works are Beyond Seoul (2009-2010), Le Corps du Ballet (2011, with Ballets de Monte-Carlo and in 2013 with the National Ballet of The Netherlands), La Commedia (2011), Rocco (2011), Passione in Due (2012, with composer Franck Krawczyk), Double Points : Extremalism (2012, with Ballet National de Marseille), Addio alla Fine (2012, at Holland Festival), Double Points : VERDI (2013, Julidans festival) and Soprano’s.
In November 2013, Greco et Scholten created L’Etranger, based on Camu’s novel, at Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence, at the occasion of Marseille-Provence 2013. Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten have been awarded numerous national and international prizes, boasts widespread international recognition and has toured extensively in The Netherlands and all over the world.
In 2009 Greco and Scholten decided to gather all their activities and they gave rise to the International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam (ICKamsterdam). ICKamsterdam is a platform for contemporary dance and is grounded on three pillars: Productions (the production of dance performances), Guest Artists (the stimulation and support of new, young talents from both an artistic and a business perspective) and Academy (the transfer of knowledge in the dance field in educational and research programs). ICKamsterdam is part of an inspiring national and international dance context. Its partners for the coming years include Troubleyn | Jan Fabre (BE), Opera Zuid Maastricht (NL), Frascati Amsterdam (NL), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL), and Het Nationale Ballet (NL).
Ballet National de Marseille
In February 2014, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten have been appointed directors of the Ballet National de Marseille. The plan proposed by Greco and Scholten for the Choreographic Centre envisages an intensive collaboration between the two institutions on a local level in Amsterdam and Marseille in which the advancement of innovative contemporary European ballet and cross-border talent development go hand in hand. On an artistic level the company continues the line the choreographers started at ICKamsterdam with the development of two main themes: ‘The Body in Revolt’ and ‘ Le Corps du Ballet’ which consists in the search for new forms of contemporary ballet.