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Curator's Note:

Black Grace, a dance troupe of Pacific Islander and Maori performers, mixes traditional and contemporary dance styles to dazzle audiences with unexpected fluidity and elegance. What started as a male-only group founded and directed by Neil Ieremia, Black Grace has become a well traveled company that performs all over the world. Meet Neil and his dancers, who have moved beyond their roots to explore the traditions of New Zealand culture in a modern and ever-changing landscape.


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Black Grace Dance Company

Black Grace on DVD

Pacific Islanders in Communications

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Black Grace in "Gathering Clouds"

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Gathering Clouds is a signature work prompted by Neil's reaction to controversial claims made by economist, Greg Clydesdale, warning that Polynesians display "significant and enduring under-achievement - a problem he believes immigration is making worse."

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