Black Grace


With their distinctive dynamism sparked by Pacific Island and Maori heritage, the Black Grace dancers take possession of the stage and own the audience from the first moment. 

Eloquent yet elemental, athletic yet spiritual, they are ready in all respects for the physical and artistic rigors of artistic director Neil Ieremia's choreography. Under Ieremia's direction for two decades, this unique fusion of contemporary and Pacific Island dance has earned phenomenal critical and audience acclaim in Australia, Japan, Europe, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

2019-2020 US Touring

October 24, 2019

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

October 26 & 27, 2019   

Celebrity Series
Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Boston, MA

October 29 - November 3, 2019

The Joyce Theater
New York, NY 

November 7, 2019

Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

November 11, 2019

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

August, 2020

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Lee, MA




This work is a mixture of excerpts from older repertory that utilizes body percussion influenced by traditional Samoan Sasa (seated dance) and Fa’ataupati (slap dance).


Boyhood memories of backyard rugby games and wrestling provided the inspiration for improvisational exercise from which the movement vocabulary was derived.  The combination of these images and the music of J.S. Bach offer an interesting juxtaposition between the raw and the refined.


Through dance, Crying Men traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men living in New Zealand and the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength. 

A richly textured work, Crying Men utilizes gesture, elements of traditional Pacific storytelling through song and dance.

Neil Ieremia says, “In Crying Men, I am exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens and am informed by my own personal experiences as well as those of my dancers, friends and family.  Masculine stereotyping in the Pacific, gender roles and the inter-generational influences as a result of colonization are also significant points of interest for this new work.


Residency Activities

MASTER CLASSES 60 – 90 Minutes

Black Grace offers a variety of Master Classes and Workshops that can be tailored to meet different levels of experience and age from pre-professionals to seniors with no-experience. Company members will lead and assist participants through appropriate warm-up exercises, rhythmic exercises and dance phrases.


Led by the Artistic Director or a senior company member, the audience will have the opportunity to watch the Company in a ‘rehearsal’ environment. Choreographic tools and techniques will be pointed out, as well as meanings of some movement motifs and themes behind a selection of repertoire. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.


Panel discussions are generally with the Artistic Director and centered around a topical theme within the current repertoire.


Generally held in an interview format with Artistic Director and a moderator, these activities can be held on-stage in front of the curtain, or preferably in a separate area within the performance venue if prior to the


POST-SHOW Q&A’S 10-15 Minutes

Post-Show Q&A’s are usually held on stage. A moderator is required and will be joined by either the Artistic Director and/or members of the Company.




Complete Technical Rider upon Request