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About Black Grace Dance Company
Themes of physical and emotional abuse, guidance from a parent or guardian is recommended.
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Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, CRYING MEN is a vital new work choreographed by NZ icon and Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia. This richly textured conversation from cultural phenomenon Black Grace premieres in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, for a strictly limited season from September 6.
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 a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength.
Utilising gesture, elements of traditional Pacific storytelling, song and dance, the production sees Ieremia collaborate with acclaimed Pacific playwright Victor Rodger for the first time. Rodger has created an original narrative framework which underpins the work. 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.
Creative New Zealand, Foundation North
“Exhilarating and life-affirming.” Theatreview, Christchurch, 2017
"Black Grace dancers in their military-like precision are simply mesmerising, and they honor their traditions in impressive fashion." - Critical Dance, USA, 2017