Black Grace
with Founder / Choreographer: Neil Ieremia

Integrated Programming

Panel Discussion: Performance Politics
New Oceania, Dance and Resistance Panel framing concept: “As contemporary dance groups become established and accepted widely in the Pacific, they begin to destabilise deep-seated notions that Pacific Islanders should only concern themselves with the dance forms of their specific cultures and refrain from venturing into dance traditions that are not theirs. “The result of this progressive ideology is that the focus is now shifting away from ethnicity or race; boundaries that have separated Pacific Islanders and other kin in the past are now crumbling. A new Oceania is emerging — one in which we are all connected — and the dance program at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture is at the forefront of this development… “…as a result of a history of colonisation in Oceania, Pacific Islanders have been preoccupied with a culture of survival as they adapted to realities imposed on them by their oppressors. The time has come…for Pacific Islanders to work towards a culture of freedom so they can define and represent who they are rather than have foreign powers continue to do so for them…” (Vilsoni Hereniko, Dancing Oceania) Panelists Neil Ieremia, Artistic Director of Black Grace, Vilsoni Hereniko, Director and Professor Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawaii Adria Imada, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC-San Diego Moderated by Arif Smith Assistant Director of the MultiCultural Center.
Lunch with Black Grace
Lunch with Black Grace company members hosted by the Davis Center
Master Class with Black Grace
Open to anyone who wants to participate. No observers please. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot
Post show Q & A with Black Grace
moderated by Artist in Residence and Acting Chair of the Dance Department Erica Dankmeyer

New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company Black Grace is back in the United States by popular demand following their successful 2008 tour.

Choreographer Neil Ieremia imbues Black Grace with an explosive mix of rhythm, spirit and energy. His work has received critical acclaim throughout the Company’s extensive international tours to North America, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Caledonia and Europe.

Delivering a three-part program, Black Grace is bringing the best repertoire from its 15 year existence including Minoi, a signature work based on the fusion of Samoan and western contemporary dance styles; and excerpts from Surface and Gathering Clouds, Ieremia’s newest work which responds to controversial claims made in a paper stating that Pacific Islanders are a drain on New Zealand’s economy.

passport: CenterSeries

This performance is made possible by the W. Ford Schumann ‘50 Endowment for the Arts and the Lipp Family Fund for Performing Artists.