Black Grace

xmas verses

Xmas Verses is inspired by memories of long hot kiwi summers with family, friends, plenty of food and festivities.

“In creating the show, I wanted to recapture a spirit of ease and enjoyment in the process.  On that note I want to thank my Company for their commitment, growing expertise and ability to make me laugh.” – Neil Ieremia

“A light-hearted Black Grace performance of Xmas Verses moves from the backyard BBQ, lounge room antics and gift-giving to embrace the audience in a storyline that speaks of family, memories, good times, drunk times and everything else in between.  Throughout, there is an ongoing moving visual, tactile and kinaesthetic memory that tells a story perhaps unknown by many of the audience.  It offers another side to the company, an almost ‘behind the scenes’ look at their sense of self and sense of humour.” 

Theatreview, 2013

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Choreographer and company founder Neil Ieremia expresses ideas all his own, offering insights on the human condition that are both individual and universal.



Date Show City Venue Country
19–20 Feb Mixed Repertoire Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall USA
21–23 Feb Mixed Repertoire Seattle, WA Meany Theater, University of Washington USA
26–27 Feb Mixed Repertoire Williamstown, MA ’62 Center USA
2 Mar Mixed Repertoire Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater USA
7–8 Mar Mixed Repertoire Richmond, VA Modliin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond USA
12–13 Mar Mixed Repertoire Vancouver Vancouver Playhouse Canada
15–16 Mar Mixed Repertoire Victoria Royal Theatre Canada
19–20 Mar Mixed Repertoire St. Paul, MN Ordway Center for the Performing Arts USA
22–23 Mar Mixed Repertoire Northridge, CA Valley Performing Arts Centre, California State University USA
18 Apr Vaka Wanaka Lake Wanaka Centre New Zealand
19 Apr Vaka Queenstown Queenstown Memorial Hall New Zealand
21–25 Apr Youth Workshops Invercargill Southland Girls High School New Zealand
26 Apr Youth Show Invercargill Civic Theatre New Zealand
26 Apr Vaka Invercargill Civic Theatre New Zealand
30–31 Aug Vaka New Plymouth TSB Theatre New Zealand
13–14 Sep Vaka Christchurch Aurora Centre New Zealand
27 Nov–1 Dec Xmas Verses Auckland Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre New Zealand