Neil Ieremia, founder, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Black Grace, is unquestionably one of New Zealand's most accomplished and hard working choreographers.
Following his graduation from the Auckland Performing Arts School Neil joined the acclaimed Douglas Wright Dance Company and subsequently worked with many of New Zealand's leading choreographers. In 1995, Neil formed Black Grace Dance Company, debuting with a record-breaking season at Auckland's Maidment Theatre.
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Neil has also choreographed work for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Opera New Zealand, New Zealand Wearable Arts, the New Zealand School of Dance and the Rotterdam Dance Academy. He has extensively toured his company, Black Grace, throughout the main centres and regional New Zealand, including sold out performances at New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. They have performed right across Australia including the Festival of Dreaming, Sydney and UWA Perth International Arts Festival.
In 2003, Neil and the Company toured the Netherlands, performing at the Holland Dance Festival. During this year, Neil received a nomination for the prestigious international Rolex Mentor Programme. The following year, Black Grace debuted in the USA, to audience and critical acclaim, at the world renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
"He has spread his artistic roots in several rich pasts and grown up and out into a sunlight of his own making." The New York Times, 2004
This year, Black Grace's two Auckland seasons, - New Works 2005 and 10 - A Decade of Works by Neil Ieremia sold out. The Company performed Neil's works at the World Expo, Aichi and Tokyo, Japan, returned to Jacobs Pillow to perform on the main stage, achieved a four-week season in New York's New Victory Theatre, a week at the prestigious Cervantino Festival, Mexico followed by a tour the islands of Hawaiʻi.