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 Post subject: Re: The Black Grace Dance Company
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 3:59 am 
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<B>Black Grace</B>
By Jill Sykes
June 12 2003
Sydney Morning Herald

Black Grace, New Zealand's all-male company of Maori and Pacific Island dancers, is the most engaging and entertaining company to visit Sydney for years. Maybe since the last time they were here.

The simplicity and heart of their self-made repertoire give them instant rapport with an audience. They dance, they sing and they talk. We get to know them and what they are about - which has a lot to do with accepting differences of colour and gender, having as much fun as you possibly can and sharing the delight in being alive.

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Able and willing to take the first steps

By MALCOLM BURGESS
The New Zealand Herald
January 21, 2004

Jeremy Poi is a dancer with oodles of ability - and attitude. That's not "an attitude", mind you, although you might also expect that from a well-built 20-year-old sporting a Mohawk hair-do. His modus operandi is quiet confidence and openness - qualities that have brought this young man of Cook Island and Niuean descent to where he is today.

Not only is he the youngest full-time member of Auckland-based dance company Black Grace, but he is also the first product of its new approach to developing dancers in the style and of the calibre their unique grouping demands.
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Dance: Stunning result from nature and dance

By JOHN DALY-PEOPLES
The NZ National Business Review
March 19, 2004

Under the direction of Neil Ieremia, Black Grace has become a major force in New Zealand dance, showing that Samoan dance, combined with other dance forms, can offer a complex and rewarding experience.
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Reviews from Jacob's Pillow:

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South Seas tattoos inspire Black Grace

By Theodore Bale, Boston Herald

Tattoos are a pop phenomenon in America, but in New Zealand they have a rich legacy stemming from ancient Maori culture. <a href=http://theedge.bostonherald.com/artsNews/view.bg?articleid=38677 target=_blank>more</a>
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An Islander's Tales of the South Pacific

By Jennifer Dunning, NY Times

BLACK GRACE may be one of the most quietly exotic troupes ever to appear at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires, where the company makes its American debut on Thursday. <a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/08/arts/dance/08DUNN.html?ex=1092542400&en=13d132c166b70358&ei=5006&partner=ALTAVISTA1 target=_blank>more</a>


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From Christine Temin in the Boston Globe: Black Grace troupe melds Maori culture and modern dance
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....in 1995, [Neil Ieremia] founded his own troupe, Black Grace. He built a solid reputation that brought the company to Australia to perform to rave reviews, and he took his dancers to their European debut at the Holland Dance Festival last fall. ....the company makes its American debut [at Jacob's Pillow] tonight.


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Fuataga with Black Grace through thick and thin
by BERNADETTE RAE for teh NZ Herald

Fuataga has been with Black Grace since the company's inception 10 years ago and has a warm and powerful stage presence as well as a beautiful singing voice, so his confession to being "a bit quiet and shy" and of finding choreography "a challenge" comes as a surprise.

"I don't really enjoy it," he says. "But I do it because it helps me."

published: April 5, 2005
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Dance: A moving Grace
by JOHN DALY-PEOPLES for the NZ National business Review

Scrabble is a collaborative work, with each of the dancers providing favourite dance phrases. As in the game, there is lot of individual showing off, with each dancer trying to produce a flashier display than the others. But at times the four separate dynamos work together to create intricate sequences.

published: April 15, 2005
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Black Grace Dance Company at Alinghi Base
by BERNADETTE RAE for the NZ Herald

An excerpt from New Religion, Ieremia's opus on rugby union, is accompanied by Shakespearian monologue (performed by guest artist Chris Hobbs) and Mozart. It premiered in 2000 and shows Black Grace in full flight, testosterone power and slow-motion masculine magic.

published: July 25, 2005
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Hunky power from New Zealand and enigmatic robotics from Japan confront modern dilemmas
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

Last summer, New Zealand's Black Grace performed in the Pillow's Doris Duke Studio Theatre, generating enough heat and flying sweat to make spectators feel part of a potent ritual. But even in a proscenium house like the Shawn — or Manhattan's New Victory, where this seven-man company (plus three female "guest artists") performs starting next week — Black Grace rouses the blood.

published: September 6, 2005
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A Maori-Modern Fusion Takes a New York Stage
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

New Yorkers will see six men of Pacific Islander and Maori descent who do not fit the American stereotype of a dancer. They are short, stocky and robust, bounding into the air like spaldeens and coursing across the stage like rushing brooks. The pieces they perform, all by the company's founder, Neil Ieremia, fuse modern and traditional Pacific Island and Maori dance forms smoothly into pieces imbued with feelings of nature and spirituality as well as gutsy humor and athletic propulsion.

published: September 15, 2005
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Muscular Men With Balloons and a Bunny
by CLAUDIA LA ROCCO for the New York Times

The New Victory Theater on Friday was full of delightedly shrieking children (and more than a few adults) ushering in its 10th anniversary season.

published: September 20, 2005
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Black Grace explores a more feminine side
by JOHN DALY-PEOPLES for the NZ National Business Review

In addition to her work as choreographer Potiki Bryant designs installations and set pieces for her works, and is responsible for the design, production and editing of the projected video elements that are an integral part of each performance.

Most of Black Grace's previous works have been pragmatic, evolving from the mundane and everyday, with dances about a death in the family, rugby and work. Potiki Bryant's new work Night Blooms explores ideas of a more spiritual and personal nature.

published: April 7, 2006
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Black Grace's new works range from theatrical to mythical
by BERNADETTE RAE for the NZ Herald

"At first I was just asked to join the company for a project called Fia Ola, which was performed here and then in Noumea. I had just a week and a half to learn the piece," he says. "It was a shock introduction to professional life."

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Paurini is relishing the three very different works that make up this year's " ... and Friends" programme. Two are choreographed by company members Sean MacDonald and Daniel Cooper, the third by guest Louise Potiki Bryant, from Atamira Dance Collective and creator of the intriguing Ngai Tahu 32.

published: April 19, 2006
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Black Grace & Friends at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
by BERNADETTE RAE for the NZ Herald

Bryant's work, Night Blooms, is the last item up in a triple bill full of variety and some great dancing. Her props alone are beautiful: a gleaming moon against which faces and images of the dance unfolding below are projected, and sculptured and woven flower shapes on long stems. Eerily evocative music is by Paddy Free.

published: April 27, 2006
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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe: Black Grace troupe reflects years of fusion and change


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