Black Grace, one of New Zealand’s top contemporary dance companies, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 10-date tour of regional Auckland, starting in Warkworth on March 18.
The critically acclaimed group will be performing the latest installment of its long-running show, Verses, which is a collection of short dance works inspired by, and dedicated to, life in Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland.
Founding artistic director Neil Ieremia created the dance pieces after being inspired by words, lyrics, lines and verse, and setting them to an eclectic mix of his favourite pieces of music, a soundtrack he describes “as diverse as our city’s population”.
“Verses is our way of celebrating our home and our people,” he says.
Black Grace was founded in Auckland in 1995 and has attracted international acclaim for its innovative, high energy performances full of strength, stamina and spirit. The New York Times called them “startlingly fresh, full of invention and infectious exuberance”.
The one-hour show will be performed at Warkworth Town Hall on Wednesday, March 18 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost $20 and are only available at the door. They will go on sale an hour before the performance starts.
Black Grace will also appear at Orewa Community Centre on Saturday, March 21; Waiuku Memorial Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25; and Helensville War Memorial Hall on Thursday, March 26. All shows start at 7.30pm.
The tour is part of the 2020 Auckland Arts Festival, which runs from March 11 to 29.