Le Grand Cru Foundation
1018 AD Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 664 85 58
Le Grand Cru was founded in 1994 by Feri de Geus. For many years the foundation was the label of his many unique and successful dance productions in the Netherlands. Feri is a choreographer who alsostudied cultural anthropology. This inspiring combination resulted in the transformation of Le Grand Cru into an intercultural organization for training and productions in the new millennium. Together with Noortje Bijvoets he makes up the artistic direction of Le Grand Cru. Noortje has earned her reputation as a professional dancer in successful productions in the Netherlands and abroad and is a popular trainer worldwide. Within Le Grand Cru she also works as co-choreographer. Since 2013 she works at the Dutch Rijksmuseum where she is responsible for the performance quality and implementation of guided tours.
Fusion Le Grand Cru has been creating international and intercultural productions since 2000. For more than 15 years we have found our inspiration in the rich traditions of other cultures, and consequently create intercultural work. Doing so we are unique in the Dutch dance scene. Together with our international partners we connect traditional culture and modern art through contemporary performances. These alliances demonstrate in another way the ‘cultural body’ of the 21st century.
Sustainability We make autonomous performances for the international market and local productions at the end of a training program. The courses are aimed at allowing the partner organization to flourish artistically and businesswise, in addition to contributing to the personal growth of the artists. Our intention is to create a sustainable basis with our partners in their own country, due to lack of training and/or a functioning theater circuit.
The power and authenticity of the intangible heritage is our inspiration for the creative process.
International performances The international productions of Le Grand Cru are created with artistic partners from a.o. Namibia, Benin, Burundi, Cuba, Kosovo, Albania, Mali, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, South Africa and Syria. Performances are presented both in the country of origin and in the Netherlands and Europe and are accompanied by a large number of workshops in high schools. Since 2000, more than 300,000 people have visited our performances.
Local performances This is where training and production come together and where artists display their technical skills, their quality of presentation and cooperation with each other in front of an audience. In short, a performance is the sublimation and the anchoring of a training program and as such essential to the overall learning process. Personal and social themes determine the content in order to create impact on society. Shows take place in theaters and at any location where a crowd can gather, such as a school or marketplace.