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PROGRAM NOTES: Black Grace


MINOI

Premièred 1999

Approximate Duration: 4:30 minutes

Choreography: Neil Ieremia

Music: Minoi Minoi (traditional), arranged by Neil Ieremia

Lighting Design: Mark Burlace

Minoi fuses a traditional Samoan dance style known as Fa’ataupati (slap dance) and western contemporary dance. It also utilises live singing and vocalisations based on an old Samoan nursery rhyme.


PATI PATI

Premièred 2009

Approximate Duration: 9:30 minutes

Choreography: Neil Ieremia

Music: Original music from Surface (2003),Neil Ieremia and Juse

Lighting Design: Nik Janiurek, adapted by Bonnie Burrill

Pati Pati is a ritualistic dance made from the bones of older works dating back to the beginning of Black Grace and drawing on elements of traditional Pacific dance.


CRYING MEN – EXCERPT

Premièred 2017

Approximate Duration: 17 minutes

Choreography: Neil Ieremia

Music: Redaction, Richard Nunns, Mark Lockett & Jeff Henderson

Material Instinct, Richard Nunns, Mark Lockett & Jeff Henderson

Two Minds, Richard Nunns & Mark Lockett

Bully, Trinity Roots

Lighting Design: Bonnie Burrill

Filtered through a Pacific lens, this excerpt is the beginning of what will become a new full-length work exploring some of the challenges we face as males living in today’s world, struggling with the expectations of what it means to be a “real man”.


MOTHER MOTHER

Premièred 2013

Approximate Duration: 8:30 minutes

Choreography: Neil Ieremia

Music: Mother Mother (radio version), Fat Freddy’s Drop

Lighting Design: Mark Burlace

Mother Mother was originally choreographed for a music video, on request of popular New Zealand band Fatreddy’s Drop.“Mother Mother is a tribute to my mother who is often the unsung hero in my family. Even to this day she helps to prop me up when things get tough, knocks me back when I get ahead of myself, reminds me to never forget where I come from and to always be grateful for what I have.”

– Neil Ieremia


AS NIGHT FALLS – ABRIDGED

Premièred 2016

Approximate Duration: 40 minutes

Choreography: Neil Ieremia

Music: Concerto in G Minor for 2 Cellos, Strings and Basso continuo, RV 531: I. Allegro, Ton Koopman, Yo-Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Jonathan Manson

Concerto No. 8 in A Minor, RV 522: I. Allegro, Berlin Philharmonic, Daniel Stabrawa & Nigel Kennedy

Concerto in G Minor for 2 Cellos, Strings and Basso continuo, RV 531: III. Allegro, Ton Koopman, Yo-Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Jonathan Manson

Nisi Dominus, RV 608: IV. Cum Dederit, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus & Philippe Jaroussky

Little Sea Gongs, JPC Percussion Museum & Gareth Farr

The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315, Op. 8 No. 2 “Summer”: I. Allegro non molto, Berlin Philharmonic & Nigel Kennedy

The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315, Op. 8 No. 2 “Summer”: III. Presto, Berlin Philharmonic & Nigel Kennedy

The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297, Op. 8 No. 4 “Winter”: I. Allegro non molto, Berlin Philharmonic & Nigel Kennedy

Concerto No. 8 in A Minor, RV 522: II. Larghetto e Spiritoso, Berlin Philharmonic, Daniel Stabrawa & Nigel Kennedy

The Lord’s Prayer (In Samoan), Choir of Western Samoa Teachers’ Training College, Apia

Concerto No. 8 in A Minor, RV 522: III. Allegro, Berlin Philharmonic, Daniel Stabrawa & Nigel Kennedy

Lighting Design: Bonnie Burrill

While the creative process started with news stories from around the world, often dark and at times overwhelming, As Night Falls is essentially a dance about hope. The raw material included images of broken bodies littering the streets of war torn countries, terrorist attacks on innocent civilians, protests against police brutality and the aftermath of more natural disasters. It was an image of a father shielding his son, buried beneath the rubble of a collapsed building after another airstrike that simultaneously captured the best and worst of us, and it was at that moment I decided I needed to try and create some light from the darkness. I created the movement vocabulary based on this imagery and formed the overall compositional structures much like the layout of a broadsheet newspaper. I’m not sure exactly why I chose the music I did in the end; suffice to say that much to my surprise Vivaldi stuck when all the others fell away. While listening to some old gospel records I was reminded of a verse from a hymn I used to sing as a kid. As Night Falls is my very small exchange of “beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.


Founding Artistic Director/CEO Neil Ieremia, ONZM

Choreographer Neil Ieremia, ONZM

Company Manager/Tour Manager James Wasmer

Creative Assistant/Stage Manager Siaosi Mulipola

Tour Administrator Abby Ieremia

Rehearsal Assistant/Company Teacher Zoë Visvanathan

Dancers Sean MacDonald, Zoë Visvanathan, Sarah Baron, Callum Sefo, Brydie Colquhoun, Otis Herring, Demi-Jo Manalo, Shane Tofaeono, Paige Shand, Rodney Tyrell, Zildjian Robinson (Apprentice Dancer)

Technical Manager Jax Messenger

The Black Grace Trust Haydn Wong (Chair), Sam Sefuiva, Bernice Mene, Neil Ieremia, ONZM

Cultural Advisors Mr Siufaitotoa Simanu and Mrs Kionasina Ieremia