"If I were talking about a rugby team, we'd be champions of the world."
—Neil Ieremia, founder of Black Grace

Black Grace: From Cannon's Creek to Jacob's Pillow premieres June 21, 2007 on PBS.

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“Black Grace: The name combines a word that in New Zealand is slang for daring and bravery with a quality not attributed to men. It’s exquisitely apt. Never before has this reviewer seen a group of male dancers who seemed so gentle yet breathtakingly virile. The New Zealand –based all-male troupe can rock the house.”

-Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

When Black Grace, a dance troupe of Pacific Islander and Maori men, first burst onto the New Zealand stage in 1995 they were a revelation. Fusing traditional Pacific and contemporary dance forms with athleticism and grace, they electrified audiences. Led by Artistic Director Neil Ieremia, Black Grace evolved from a crew of Neil’s “mates” into one of New Zealand’s national treasures and conquered the world’s dance festivals culminating with Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts. This film follows Black Grace’s journey from Cannon’s Creek, a small town outside of Wellington, New Zealand to the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the oldest one of its kind in North America.

Today, Black Grace is New Zealand's leading contemporary dance company. Melding Pacific and contemporary dance in an extraordinary and dynamic form, Black Grace has become internationally renowned for its artistry, creative excellence and innovation, while also becoming the world's leading exponent of Pacific-infused contemporary dance.

Black Grace: From Cannon's Creek to Jacob's Pillow was coproduced by Seannachie Productions and Tawera Productions. Presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications.

Master homepage banner foto men (arms out) Photo:
Scott Venning, courtesy of Ieremia Grace Trust

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