Country of Origin: New Zealand
Black Grace is New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company and has held a unique position on the world stage since 1995. Fusing 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 contemporary dance.
Black Grace has toured extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally to audience and critical acclaim. In 2005, the Company celebrated its tenth anniversary and performed to sell-out seasons in Auckland, followed by an extensive tour of the US and Mexico. During this time, the Company performed a return season at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, debuted on New York’s 42nd Street for a four-week season, and performed at Mexico’s renowned Cervantino Festival. Black Grace also performed at Tourism New Zealand’s ‘100% Pure’ event in Sydney, at the Aichi World Expo and for the New Zealand Embassy at the Tram Theatre in Tokyo.
In 2008 Black Grace enjoyed a successful tour of North America and Canada followed by a sold out season at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia. In 2009 the Guam Humanities Council invited Black Grace to lead a series of workshops and hold discussions and performances for the people of Guam. The Company then toured to Zug, Switzerland and performed to thousands throughout Germany. 2010 saw Black Grace return to North America, performing in 11 different venues, finishing at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, Canada. On that tour the Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii officially proclaimed February 6, 2010 “Black Grace Day” in Honolulu.