Black Grace


Black Grace and Auckland Live proudly present


For twenty years the explosive and pioneering work of Black Grace has taken local and international audiences on an epic journey into the very best of Pacific Contemporary dance. To mark this milestone, prolific choreographer Neil Ieremia brings the large scale new work Siva to the ASB stage for two shows only on November 6 and 7.

Created especially to mark Black Grace’s 20th anniversary and inspired by iconic Black Grace works such as Minoi, Surface and Vaka, Siva – which is Samoan for dance - is a percussive and strikingly beautiful work, rich in imagery drawn from our collective consciousness, re-imagined and re-contextualised in acknowledgement of our ever-changing world. 

After 20 years at the helm of arguably our most successful dance company, Ieremia has brought together a formidable team of internationally recognised designers and artists to celebrate what is a remarkable achievement by anyone’s standards.

In collaboration with Melbourne-based lighting designer Paul Lim, visual artist Simon Barker (Lotech), designer Peter Langford, Cambodian-based visual artists Peap Tarr and Lisa Mam, along with fashion designer extraordinaire Lindah Lepou, Ieremia takes us to a new place with the unmistakeable power and energy that we have come to know as Black Grace.

A rewarding and even necessary experience for lovers of art” - The National Business Review, 2015

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Siva explodes from the collision of the past and future, capturing our common beauty, our shared history and divine difference. It is more than a celebration of the past - with our fears arrested, it is about rushing headlong into the future.



Date Show City Venue Country
9 Feb USA Tour 2015 Syracuse, New York Syracuse University’s Schine Student Center USA
12–14 Feb USA Tour 2015 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Annenberg Center USA
18 Feb USA Tour 2015 La Jolla, California University of California San Diego’s Mandeville Center Auditorium USA
21 Feb USA Tour 2015 Los Angeles, California University of Southern California, Bovard Auditorium USA
28 Feb USA Tour 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana Mahalia Jackson Theater USA
6–7 Nov Siva Auckland ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre New Zealand
10 Nov 20 for 20 Kaitaia Te Ahu Civic and Community Centre New Zealand
11 Nov 20 for 20 Dargaville Dargaville War Memorial Hall New Zealand
12 Nov 20 for 20 Waipu Waipu Celtic Barn New Zealand
13 Nov 20 for 20 Matakana Matakana Hall New Zealand
14 Nov 20 for 20 Whitianga Whitianga Town Hall New Zealand
15 Nov 20 for 20 Whangamata Whangamata War Memorial Hall New Zealand
16 Nov 20 for 20 Thames Thames War Memorial Civic Centre New Zealand
17 Nov 20 for 20 Raglan Raglan Town Hall New Zealand
19 Nov 20 for 20 Auckland Mangere Arts Centre, Urbanesia Festival New Zealand
20 Nov 20 for 20 Hamilton The Meteor New Zealand
21 Nov 20 for 20 Tauranga Welcome Bay Hall New Zealand
22 Nov 20 for 20 Whakatane Whakatane War Memorial Hall New Zealand
24 Nov 20 for 20 Napier King George Hall New Zealand
26 Nov 20 for 20 Wanganui Wanganui War Memorial Centre New Zealand
27 Nov 20 for 20 Otaki Otaki Memorial Hall New Zealand
28 Nov 20 for 20 Porirua Pataka New Zealand
1 Dec 20 for 20 Motueka Motueka Memorial Hall New Zealand
3 Dec 20 for 20 Christchurch Hei Hei Community Centre New Zealand
4 Dec 20 for 20 Ashburton Tinwald Memorial Hall New Zealand
6 Dec 20 for 20 Oamaru Scottish Hall New Zealand