Black Grace

Black Grace - 20 for 20

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For twenty years the explosive and pioneering work of Black Grace has taken local and international audiences on an epic journey into the very best of Pacific Contemporary dance.

"Incredible strength, agility, stamina … simply flawless", New York, 2014

This summer the company would like to invite you to join the 20th Anniversary celebrations as they tour 20 for 20 throughout 20 venues in our beautiful country. Starting in Kaitaia on the 10th November and finishing up in Oamaru on the 6th December.

Undergoing a national tour of 20 centres takes an incredible amount of time, dedication, patience, passion, and yes finances. We're looking to partner with our friends, family and supporters to help us fund this exciting tour.


Financial support at any amount goes a long way! It helps pay for:

• Rehearsal space

• Payment for dancers

• Lighting design

• Costume costs

• Accommodation and travel costs


What to expect? Black Grace's most popular and iconic short works choreographed by founder Neil Ieremia, as well as brand new works by original Company members Sean MacDonald and Siaosi Mulipola, presented in a relaxed and informal setting but with the company's trademark energy and breathtaking physicality ever-present.

"Black Grace have clinical accuracy and jaw-dropping physicality. Their finely honed bodies exude an inspirational energy and move seemingly without the usual constraints of time and gravity. When you can experience dance like this, you feel there really is hope for the future." - Otago Daily Times, New Zealand, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to read about our exciting campaign. We appreciate your support and can't wait to share 20 for 20 with you. Every donation will bring us closer to sharing world-class contemporary dance with you, our audiences across New Zealand. We look forward to keeping our supporters up to date with our progress, sharing our news and images along the way.


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    We've reached our goal! A big THANK YOU to all of you who have so generously donated.

    We are excited to present 20 for 20 to you, touring to 20 venues in our beautiful country, doing what we've done for the last 20 years - the very best of Pacific Contemporary Dance. Your support is playing an important part in this tour.

    Now it's time to look out as we'll perform at a venue near you, November 10th - December 6th. Join in our celebrations.

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    Black Grace

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  • Want to see more?


    If you'd like to see more of Black Grace in action, have a look at the video below:

    It's a quick look at highlights from our show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. Some of these works such as Human Language and Minoi will also feature in 20 for 20.

    “Black Grace is definitely the most impressively physical dance show you will see at the Fringe this year, possibly ever.” - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, 2014


    Thank you all for your support so far and enjoy the rest of your labour weekend!

  • A Little Thank You


    Thank you all who have so kindly donated thus far. Your contribution means a lot to us. As a little thank you please enjoy an image of "Method", a work choreographed by Neil Ieremia that will be part of the 20 for 20 Tour.



    "Method is a charming nod to Paul Taylor’s classic “Esplanade.” Using some of the same music, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3, it features the men flinging themselves into one another’s arms and exuberantly jumping over a body rolling across the floor. But Ieremia’s exploration is a lot more rough and tumble. You can see backyard rugby games and impromptu wrestling matches in the dancers’ kicks and headlocks, with spins that flip on a dime." The Boston Globe, 2008


    Black Grace performing "Method"

    Photography, Felicitas Willems

    A Little Thank You