Black Grace delights dance fans with strong performance, impactful events

Nov 11, 2019

New Zealand dance company Black Grace made its Northrop debut as part of a successful residency Nov 4-8, 2019.  While in Minneapolis, the company performed public and student matinee events, and led many wonderful campus and community outreach sessions. The residency began with percussion and dance workshops for 120 students at Marcy Open School in partnership with Project Success on Nov 6. Those students joined approximately 1,850 other local middle and high school students for a captivating and energizing matinee performance on Nov 7 at Northrop.

Prior to their show the evening of Nov 7, a performance preview offered audience members an in-depth conversation about the company, the evening’s program and indigenous culture with Black Grace Founder and Artistic Director Neil Ieremia, Kirisitina Sailiata of Macalester College, Vicente Diaz and Christine DeLisle of the U's American Indian Studies program, and Northrop’s Director of Programming Kristen Brogdon.

In addition, members of Black Grace taught sections of their choreography and answered questions about their lives as professional touring dancers with a dance master class for 26 students at Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School and 14 students in the University of Minnesota dance program at the Barker Center on Nov 8. The week’s various events were popular with students and patrons alike, with many participants asking Northrop to invite Black Grace back again for more performances.

REVIEW: Looking back at a stellar weekend in dance (MinnPost.com)

 

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Preview Panelists: Northrop's Krsten Brogdon, Macalester's Kiristina Sailiata, Black Grace's Neil Ieremia, and from the U of M American Indian Studies Christine DeLisle and Vincente Diaz
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Performance Preview panelists on Nov 7 included Northrop's Kristen Brogdon, left, Macalester's Kiristina Sailiata, Black Grace's Neil Ieremia, and Christine DeLisle and Vicente Diaz, both of the University of Minnesota's American Indian Studies program.

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Neil Iermia of Black Grace
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Neil Ieremia is Black Grace's founder and creative director.

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Hocheol Shin, cello and Hsu Yu-Chia, violin
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Hocheol Shin on cello and Hsu Yu-Chia on violin shared their musical talent in the Northrop lobby before and after the performance and during intermission Nov 7. Both musicians are doctor of musical arts candidates at the U of M School of Music.

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Black Grace student matinee performance
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Black Grace performed a student matinee for K-12 students on Nov 7.

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Black Grace performs 'Method"
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Black Grace performed "Method" on Nov 7 during the student matinee.

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Black Grace performing at the student matinee
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Members of Black Grace performed during a student matinee on Nov 7.

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Members of Black Grace performed during a student matinee on Nov 7
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Members of Black Grace performed during a student matinee on Nov 7.

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Members of Black Grace answered questions from the student matinee attendees on Nov 7. Appearing on stage after the matinee with them is Northrop Director of Programming, Kristen Brodgon
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Members of Black Grace answered questions from the student matinee attendees on Nov 7. Appearing on stage after the matinee with them is Northrop Director of Programming, Kristen Brodgon, left.

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Black Grace dance company
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Members of Black Grace gave both a percussion and a dance master class for different groups of students Nov 6 at Marcy Open School.

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Marcy Open School master class
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More than 60 students at the Marcy Open School participated in the Black Grace dance master class on Nov 6.

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Marcy Open School master class

More than 60 students at the Marcy Open School participated in the Black Grace dance master class on Nov 6.

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Master class with U of M dance students at Barker Center
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Black Grace members performed a master class with University of Minnesota dance students at the Barker Center on Nov 8.

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Master class group at Barker Center
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Black Grace members performed a master class with University of Minnesota dance students at the Barker Center on Nov 8.

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Black Grace dance company at Barker Center
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Members of Black Grace gave a master class to University of Minnesota dance program students at the Barker Center on Nov 8.

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Members of Black Grace gave a master class to University of Minnesota dance program students at the Barker Center on Nov 8
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Members of Black Grace gave a master class to University of Minnesota dance program students at the Barker Center on Nov 8.

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Members of Black Grace performed during master class at the University of Minnesota's Baker Center on Nov 8
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Members of Black Grace performed during a master class at the University of Minnesota's Baker Center on Nov 8.

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Members of Black Grace led a master class with 26 students that Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School also on Nov 8
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Members of Black Grace led a master class with 26 students the Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School also on Nov 8.

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