Black Grace

surface

“My father’s desire to complete his journey as a Samoan Talking Chief by having his traditional Samoan tattoo carved onto his skin at the age of sixty-four, as well as my reluctant but liberating admission of who I am NOT, have inspired me to make this work.  The work itself is broken up into four sections, each of which is based on a traditional symbol of the Samoan tattoo known as the Pe’a.  The Pe’a wraps itself around the male’s body from the lower torso to below the knees and takes in everything in between.” – Neil Ieremia

Surface examines how a new cultural journey evolves and ripens. The dancers portray the lines, ink, tools, symbols and clusters of design found in the traditional Samoan art of Tatau (Samoan Tattoo).  They play more a metaphysical and mythological role in the work.  Not until the dancers awake at the end of the show from what would seem like a dream state do we recognise their true humanism as they thoughtfully and carefully celebrate an invisible tattoo, which has always been there.

Surface resounds to the rhythm of the tattoo tools as well as pulsating original music by Neil Ieremia, Woodcut Productions and Phil Dadson.

 

 

Surface is a major new work that is as masterful as it is metaphorical. (It is) an exciting visual experience, rich in energy, texture and magic

2003

Touring
Schedule

Date Show City Venue Country
12–13 Mar Surface & Human Language Taranaki TSB Theatre New Zealand
20–24 Mar Australian Tour Melbourne Clocktower Centre Australia
26 Mar–5 Apr Surface & Human Language Auckland Sky City Theatre New Zealand
27 Apr Australian Tour Ballarat Her Majesty's Theatre Australia
29–31 May Australian Tour Geelong Geelong Performing Arts Centre Australia
3–4 Jun Australian Tour Port Lincoln SA Country Arts Trust Australia
5–6 Jun Australian Tour Whyalla Whyalla Australia
5–6 Jun Australian Tour Cairns Cairns Civic Centre Australia
10–14 Jun Australian Tour Parramatta Riverside Theatres Australia
20–21 Jun Australian Tour Townsville Townsville Civic Centre Australia
24 Jun Australian Tour Mt Gambier Mt Gambier Australia
26–27 Jun Australian Tour Renmark Renmark Australia
28 Jun Australian Tour Tanunda Tanunda Australia
30 Jun Australian Tour Canberra Canberra Theatre Centre Australia
22–27 Sep UrbanYOUTHMovement, Escape... Again Auckand Town Hall New Zealand
29–31 Oct Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Den Haag Theatre aan het Spui Netherlands
1 Nov Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Zoetemeter Zoetemeter Netherlands
3 Nov Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Middleburg Middleburg Netherlands
4 Nov Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Naaldwijk Naaldwijk Netherlands
6 Nov Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Weert Weert Netherlands
13 Nov Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Hoofddrop Hoofddrop Netherlands
15 Nov Holland Dance Festival, and Tour of the Netherlands Breda Breda Netherlands