For Immediate Release

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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director

Black Grace

October 26 & 27, 2019 — Boch Center Shubert Theatre 
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Black Grace on October 26 & 27, 2019 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. These performances will take place on Saturday, October 26 at 8pm and Sunday, October 27 at 3pm. The 2019-20 Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, and the Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation. This performance is also made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds. 

Tickets are $60-$75 and are available online at, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the third Celebrity Series performance for Black Grace. They made their Celebrity Series debut in 2008 and returned in 2010.

Founded by Neil Ieremia in 1995 to create innovative dance works that reach across social, cultural and generational barriers, Black Grace draws from its founder’s Samoan and New Zealand roots. The dance is highly physical, rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific and expressed with raw finesse, unique beauty and power. The spirit and energy of Black Grace are completely captivating.

Black Grace presents a selection of iconic works, spanning the Company’s 24-year history and choreographed by Founding Artistic Director, Neil Ieremia. 

Signature pieces and new works will be performed which incorporates live singing and traditional Cook Island Drumming. Excerpts from recent full-length works Crying Men (2018, USA premiere) exploring masculinity from a Pacific perspective, and As Night Falls (2016) set to music by Vivaldi, are also included in this richly diverse program.

Program: (all pieces choreographed by Neil Ieremia)

Kiona and the Little Bird Suite (premiere)

Kiona and the Little Bird Suite draws from signature pieces (Surface, Pati Pati, as well as E Toa, E Toa), utilizing body percussion and incorporating live drumming, singing and chanting.

Method (2000)

Boyhood memories of backyard rugby games and wrestling provided the inspiration for improvisational exercise from which the movement vocabulary was derived.  The combination of these images and the music of J.S. Bach offer an interesting juxtaposition between the raw and the refined.

Crying Men (excerpts; 2018)

Notes on Crying Men: Through dance, Crying Men traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men living in New Zealand and the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance, and strength.

A richly textured work, Crying Men utilizes gesture along with elements of traditional Pacific storytelling through song and dance.

Neil Ieremia says, “In Crying Men, I am exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens and am informed by my own personal experiences as well as those of my dancers, friends and family. Masculine stereotyping in the Pacific, gender roles, and the inter-generational influences as a result of colonization are also significant points of interest for this new work.

As Night Falls (excerpts; 2016)

A poetic ode to our troubled world, 'As Night Falls' by Artistic Director Neil Ieremia is set to the timeless and passionate sound of Antonio Vivaldi.

Program is approximately 100 minutes in length, including a 20-min intermission.

About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.