With predominantly Pacific Island and Maori members, New Zealand's all-male Black Grace is renowned for its unique ability to combine traditional and contemporary dance forms.
- Apr. 25 - 26, 2008
- Terrace Theater
- 1 hr. 40 min.
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One of New Zealand's most accomplished choreographers, Artistic Director Neil Ieremia brings to Black Grace an abiding belief in three key Samoan principles--Fa'amaoni (integrity, honesty, and pride), Fa'amalosi/Loto Tele (perseverance and determination), and Fa'aloalo (humility and respect). These principles translate into an explosive mix of rhythm, spirit, and energy on stage. Black Grace makes its Kennedy Center debut with an exciting mixed repertory program.
"A strikingly imaginative fusion of traditional Samoan/Maori dance and contemporary styles that was marked by breathtaking athletic virility and heartfelt directness"
--The Boston Globe
"Startlingly fresh and full of invention, humor, and infectious exuberance"
--The New York Times
Fa'a Ulutao – 5 minutes
Minoi – 5 minutes
Deep Far – 8 minutes
Minoi 2 – 5 minutes
War Brides – 7 minutes
Objects or Va'a – 5 minutes
Intermission – 20 minutes
Human Language – 20 minutes
Method – 7 minutes
Total Runtime: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Performance Plus: Post-performance discussion on Friday, April 25, FREE with your performance ticket.