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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Sep 09, 2001 8:35 am ]
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<B>Modern dance gets a lift</B><P>from the New Zealand Herald<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The Black Grace Dance Company is the big new winner in the Creative New Zealand funding awards. For the first time the company has been offered annual funding of $321,000, which will include three new works to be presented in Auckland and a tour to Wellington. <P>The contemporary dance company, which was formed in 1995, is based in Auckland but is committed to touring its work to other centres. It joins the 26 other professional arts organisations receiving annual or three-year funding from Creative New Zealand.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Oct 28, 2001 10:26 pm ]
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<B>Black Grace flying high</B> <BR>Black Grace's tour of new works doesn't exclude some old favourites, writes BERNADETTE RAE in The New Zealand Herald.<P><BR>Black Grace have their own interpretation of "new", as in their tour, Best of New Works. Some pieces presented this season were made as early as 1996. Not one piece has been created since the "new works" outing in 2000. <P>"New works," explains artistic director Neil Ieremia, "is the name of a special Black Grace project that fosters the work of new choreographers within the company and that allows the company to try new things." <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>

Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Mon Apr 08, 2002 1:40 am ]
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I'm several months too late, but just to say that a Black Grace performance is really something to behold. More thoughts on last year's "Best of New Works Tour 2001" to come later.

Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Mon Apr 08, 2002 1:45 am ]
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<B>Kapow! Splat! Escape into dance</B><BR>The New Zealand Herald <P>08.04.2002 Comic books were the inspiration for Urban Youth Movement's latest show. PAUL PANCKHURST reports.<P> Image <BR><small>Jeremy Poi and Saili Williams rehearse <BR>under the watchful eye of Neil Ieremia.<BR>Picture/Nicola Topping.</small> <P>A pop art paintbrush keeps whipping across Auckland, flicking out blobs of comic book sensibility to land, splat, who knows where. First, there was The Cartoon Show at the Auckland Art Gallery. Now the kapow of the comic book turns up in the new Urban Youth Movement dance show, Escape.<P>[...]<P>Urban Youth Movement is an offshoot of the six-year-old professional dance company Black Grace and is supported by The Edge Community Arts Programme. <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Malcolm Tay (edited April 08, 2002).]

Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sun Apr 14, 2002 10:16 am ]
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<B>Escape, Urban Youth Movement at the Concert Chamber</B> <P>15.04.2002 By BERNADETTE RAE <BR>The New Zealand Herald<P>Fourteen effervescent young dancers, five established artists from Black Grace, a set of giant polystyrene blocks and an on-to-it DJ rock the poor old Concert Chamber to its foundations in Urban Youth Movement's third outing. <P>Artistic director Neil Ieremia has done the dance community another great service in taking a mixed group of young dance wannabes, switching on their creative juices and then getting them right out of their heads and into the physical business of moving. <BR> <BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A><BR>

Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Mon Aug 05, 2002 1:20 am ]
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Image<BR><small>Black Grace's new programme features a work by Dunedin choreographer Daniel Belton. Picture/Nicola Topping</small> <P><B>Black Grace collaborate with guest performers</B> <BR>05.08.2002 By IOSEFA ENARI <BR>The New Zealand Herald<P>Since launching in 1995, Black Grace has maintained its identity as a contemporary dance company honouring Polynesian cultural heritage and professional dance. Its dances tell stories about the environment of the Pasifika people, their lives and their pastimes. <P>Now, for the first time, Black Grace is collaborating with guest performers from outside the company to produce a season of original dance. <P>The new programme, called Black Grace & Friends, features three works, including Whai by Dunedin-based choreographer Daniel Belton, this year's Tup Lang scholarship recipient for choreography. <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More...</B></A><BR>

Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Fri Aug 09, 2002 2:32 am ]
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Bernadette Rae reviews <I>Black Grace and Friends</I> in The New Zealand Herald (9 Aug 2002):

We see girls dancing with blokes on the contemporary dance stage all the time. It's normal. But this is very different, and fantastic.

The new dynamic shrieks with the power of Black Grace's and Ieremia's established voice. It has the ability to challenge itself, dance out its process, share its beauty and speak its evolving truth. So we all learn.
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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Thu Aug 15, 2002 3:27 am ]
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<B>Black Grace matures into new, classy urban dance company</B>
John Daly-Peoples, 15/08/02
The New Zealand Business Review

* Black Grace & Friends, at the Sky City Theatre

With this latest production from Black Grace, the company has firmly established itself as a major and innovative force in New Zealand dance.

Its previous work developed out of members' personal lives and their immediate environments.

The three new works in Black Grace & Friends retain some of those influences but there are connections with more complex ideas and a new, classy urban feel.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sat Oct 12, 2002 5:46 am ]
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<B>Dance: Black Grace finds space</B>
John Smythe, 11-Oct-2002
NZ National Business Review

The annual New Works season is a research and deve-lopment project that allows Black Grace dancers to explore and extend their choreographic skills.

New Works 2002 showcases five short dances and one preview excerpt, book-ended by excellent choral singing of a homegrown song about the ever-changing moods of South Auckland, and a stunning slap dance finale. Artistic director Neil Ieremia introduces and closes the show, and each choreographer introduces his own work.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Mon Nov 18, 2002 12:35 am ]
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<B>Dancing with Grace</B>
18.11.2002 By BERNADETTE RAE
New Zealand Herald

If you have watched the rise of Black Grace as a tour de force in New Zealand's contemporary dance world, you will know there is more to the company than great dancers. They are all male and predominantly Maori or Pacific Island, performing stunning, original choreography that leaps and bounds from the sublime to the slapstick, from hip-hop to the avant garde.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:46 am ]
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<B>New Works 2002: at the Herald Theatre</B>
25.11.2002 By BERNADETTE RAE
New Zealand Herald

There is an integrity in Black Grace and an honesty of endeavour that gives the gems in their repertoire a patina of perfection and their lighter pieces a positive glow.

This new programme includes five offerings choreographed by five of the dancers, which is everyone bar the new apprentice Jeremy Poi.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sat Mar 29, 2003 10:30 am ]
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<B>Surface by Black Grace at the Sky City Theatre</B>
28.03.2003 By BERNADETTE RAE
New Zealand Herald

Black Grace shows its dark side in artistic director Neil Ieremia's intense new work. Inspired by the traditional tattoo, the pe'a, recently chipped into Ieremia's 64-year-old father's skin from waist to knee, Surface also reflects Ieremia's consideration of his Samoan culture.

Ieremia is talking a lot, lately, of a new awareness of "what he is not", and of a definite expansion of his cultural identity.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sat Apr 05, 2003 8:56 am ]
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Dance: Ieremia stages tattoo rendition
John Daly-Peoples
National Business Review
3 April 2003

Surface, as with many of the company's previous works, derives from Neil Ieremia's personal experience and his attempts to understand and give meaning to these experiences. It's a four-part dance and he has used his father's recent tattooing as the starting point for the dance, with the symbols and patterns used in tattooing and the tattooing process itself providing the structure and inspiration for the dance.


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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sat May 24, 2003 9:07 am ]
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<B>Gracefully sidestepping stereotypes</B>
May 21 2003
By Vicki Fairfax
The Age

When I finally track him down, Black Grace's artistic director Neil Ieremia is taking a break from final rehearsals in the company's Auckland studios. He's down at the local park playing a hotly contested game of frisbee with the company's dancers. Ieremia explains they would normally be playing rugby, but two days out from their first major overseas tour - to Australia this week - it is considered a bit of a risk.

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Author:  Malcolm Tay [ Sat May 24, 2003 9:09 am ]
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<B>Snap, crackle and grace from NZ troupe</B>
May 23 2003
The Age

At the Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds, until Saturday
Review by Hilary Crampton</B>

Black Grace, an all-male New Zealand dance company, delivers a short, sharp program of eight contemporary works. It is a tantalising blend of tang, snap and crackle with a little bit of smooth.

The dances mix Maori, Samoan and Cook Islander themes with hip-hop, Latin and contemporary concert dance. Individual company members introduce each work in that wonderful islander tradition of talking story; a bit of a yarn that is also a way of passing on culture. As a result, the audience is eating out of their hands.

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