Black Grace & Friends
20 & 21 September 2018
Raised in Porirua, NZ icon and Arts Laureate Neil Leremia, founded cultural phenomenon Black Grace in 1995. Acknowledging his own narrative, he is touring Black Grace to Porirua to connect with the community. In September, Black Grace will collaborate with current dance students from Whitireia, students from local high schools, and massive youth strings Orchestra Virtuoso Strings, to present BLACK GRACE & FRIENDS. Taking over Te Rauparaha Arena on 20th-21st September, this beast of a programme will also feature a significant excerpt from CRYING MEN.
Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, CRYING MEN is the vital new work choreographed by Neil Leremia.
Through dance, CRYING MEN traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the impact of the loss of matriacrch who bought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength.
Utilising gesture, elements of traditional Pacific storytelling, song and dance, CRYING MEN sees Leremia collaborate with acclaimed Pacific playwright Victor Rodger for the first time. Rodger has created an original narrative framework which underpins the production. Black Grace has commissioned new music from hip-hop legends Anonymouz aka Faiumu Matthew Salapu and Submariner aka Andy Morton; their work will drive percussively powerful movement from an impressive cast of dancers and singers.
Tickets may be purchased from the Arena Reception or at the link below.