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Black Grace in Wanaka – first time ever

Black Grace in Wanaka – first time ever – for a matinee and an evening show

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Press Release 03/06/08

Black Grace in Wanaka – first time ever – for a matinee and an evening show

Black Grace has just returned from a hugely successful tour of North America, including a short season at the Tjibaou Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia. The company were thrilled and humbled by the full house standing ovations from their almost completely sold out tour! Audiences and critics alike were blown away by the work raving over the physicality, skill and carefully woven Pacific and contemporary dance traditions

Now wanting to serve their home base which they haven’t visited for some time Black Grace begin their ‘Grass Roots Tour’ of the South Island on June 6 touring ten centres giving 12 performances in 16 days.

The Grass Roots Tour is a collection of dance pieces choreographed by Neil Ieremia on Black Grace over the last 10 years. Touring to ten South Island regional centres from Motueka to Invercargill, the Company will perform complete works as well as excerpts from major full-length works; including Surface (2003) and Amata (2007).

Black Grace is New Zealand's leading contemporary dance company and has held a unique position on the world stage for over 12 years. Fusing Pacific and contemporary dance in an extraordinary and dynamic form, Black Grace has become internationally renowned for its artistry, creative excellence and innovation, while also becoming the world's leading exponent of Pacific contemporary dance.

Neil Ieremia Black Grace founder and Artistic Director Neil Ieremia is in the vanguard of New Zealand's most accomplished choreographers and, through his vision, imbues Black Grace with an explosive mix of rhythm, spirit and energy. In recognition of his considerable achievements, Neil was the recipient of the 2005 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award for outstanding creative achievement and his contribution to the Arts in New Zealand.

The repertoire includes; Minoi , a signature work based on the fusion of Samoan and western contemporary dance styles, Method , which was originally commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1999 and set to the music of J. S. Bach and Human Language , a provocative work examining the physical language that exists between men and women.

For more information see: Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek 0800 224224


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