Black Grace


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



Method is a charming nod to Paul Taylor’s classic “Esplanade.”  Using some of the same music, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3, it features the men flinging themselves into one another’s arms and exuberantly jumping over a body rolling across the floor.  But Ieremia’s exploration is a lot more rough and tumble.  You can see backyard rugby games and impromptu wrestling matches in the dancers’ kicks and headlocks, with spins that flip on a dime.