Direction 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 also studied 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 Bijvoets 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 also works at the Dutch Rijksmuseum where she is responsible for the performance quality and implementation of guided tours.
Inspiration and embedding Curiosity about other cultures and other stories was and is the engine to seek cooperation with partners in non-Western countries. Initially to broaden our artistic horizons and be inspired by rich traditions. Most countries in which we operate do not have the financial capacity nor the political will to support their own artists in their artistic development. As a result, the development prospects of the partners have taken a central role in the collaboration. Since 2000 Le Grand Cru has made a great number of international performances presented on many festivals. Currently, the focus is on train- the- trainer programmes to empower people and to learn skills to create performances. We work with an extended team of professionals in the field of dance and theatre technique, didactics, human rights advocacy, management training and personal coaching. Le Grand Cru has an intensive international cooperation with Dutch and foreign NGOs, dance academies and colleges of higher education and universities. Partners and sponsors
As a development organization we do not show the misery but rather the power of people and cultures.
Mission LGC beliefs that art is an important catalyst for advocacy, for questioning our certainties, and for preserving stories often ‘miss-told’ or suppressed in the mainstream. Our expertise lies in the field of artistic and educational project design and context-sensitive research on a variety of socio-cultural issues.
Goal Being artists ourselves we know that art is an instrument that gives rise to personal and social empowerment. In our training we offer 21st century skills, creativity development, to make choices, to know how to cooperate. We teach awareness through body exercises and we strengthen individual leadership by offering and demanding choices in creative processes. We create performances with our partners to communicate personal and social issues about the surrounding environment and consequently create an impact on the wider society. We question our partners about their vision on life, their culture and how they can link these facets to a modern dance theatre practice to communicate their vision on social issues.
Human rights We try to give shape in a modern way to the theories of pedagogue Oscar Freire who stated in his Pedagogy of the Optressed: “Oppression is held in place by fatalism – the belief that a person’s social situation is the result of destiny, fate, happiness, the will of God, magic or myth. Self-discouragement and feelings of inferiority accentuate this passivity”. For us, a recognizable reality in post-colonial societies in which we operate. Since 2008, we have been using academic techniques related to arts education for capacity building with dance and theatre companies and interest groups. These techniques are implemented to promote personal and social development. Personal growth stems from improvisation processes, creativity, technical training, discipline, analysis and evaluation. Physical and spatial assignments bring mental and social insights. This process of embodied cognition is an innovative way to achieve self-discovery and self-opinion. Over the past five years, Le Grand Cru and its partners have mainly performed on issues related to human rights and specifically sexual rights. We work closely together with local interest groups in this field.
Output Art generates life skills as it is intrinsically constructive and communicative. Over the last 15 years we have been working in Eastern Europe, The Middle East, the Carribean and sub- Saharan Africa. We work where people need training, where people are eager or anger and in need to express themselves in a creative, open and constructive way. And to share and exchange new ideas. The majority of our participants disseminate our legacy of intercultural learning to create a sustainable, egalitarian and harmonious global society.
Trainers For each training program we look for professionals in line with the objectives of the program. Over the years we have built a wide network of internationally active choreographers, directors, dance educationalists, lighting designers and cultural managers. In creating a performance we work with a fixed team: Einstein Design for set and light and Karisma Costumes to dress the performers. Our business leader is Betty Kaan. Board and trainers
ANBI We are a small and flexible organization that works on a project basis. For each project we apply to donors. The Foundation works internationally and therefore all our information is available in English. The foundation’s assets are used to optimize the functioning of the Foundation in consultation with the board. The board carries out its duties without remuneration. Le Grand Cru is a taxable company and has a ANBI status registered under number RSIN803210085. Financial statements