Premiering at the Auckland Arts Festival in 2007, Amata marks a significant change in the history of Black Grace. With a cast of 12 women, Amata explores the theme of change.
The compositional structure and floor patterns are based on Samoan fine mats known as “ie toga”. Its linear nature and weave pattern can also be found in the movement vocabulary, which is composed of various versions of a basic language phrase derived from letters, spoken conversations, arguments and apologies.
This production is most certainly a new beginning for Ieremia, and a brave one at that. It is no mean feat to endure harsh public criticism, especially when it concerns the politics of race and gender, and to press forward regardless with even greater conviction