Pieter C. Scholten studied drama, and started out by directing theatre productions about historical figures like Oscar Wilde, Yukio Mishima and Pier Paolo Pasolini. He worked with various choreographers as a dance dramaturge. In 1995, he developed the Dance Instants: short work-in-progress projects for choreographers and dancers.
Emio Greco (Italy) trained at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes, and started his dancing career with the Ballet Antibes Cote d’Azur, directed by Patrick Tridon. From 1993 to 1996, Greco danced in the work of visual artist and director Jan Fabre, and from 1996 to 1998 he collaborated on various productions with the Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara.
Out of curiosity for the body and its inner motives, Greco and Scholten created their first joint work in 1996: the solo Bianco, which became the first part of the trilogy Fra Cervello e Movimento. In the same year they wrote a manifesto that set out 7 principles of dance and their impact on the body and the spectator. It was also in 1996 that they founded the dance company Emio Greco | PC.
Right from the start, it has been more than a dance company, promoting a broader attitude towards the consciousness of the body. It initiated a series of Salons on Dance & Discourse, established a section devoted to research on the recording and notation of body movement, and developed an educational programme under the name of Academy. Artists are regularly invited to the company to take part in artistic dialogue.
Emio Greco | PC grew organically into the International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam), which was officially launched by Greco | Scholten in 2009.