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Mar2
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Theatre & Performing Arts, Children’s

Black Grace Family Mantinee


Location
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL, 60601
Chicago,IL60601United States
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Age Recommendation: PNC Family Series is recommended for children and adults ages 4 and older. However, children of all ages are welcome!

Show Runtime: Approximately 60 minutes.

This program is an abbreviated performance of Paradise Rumour specifically shortened for kids.

Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, comes to Chicago for the first time.

Founded by Neil Ieremia, ONZM, Black Grace performs works that draw from Ieremia’s Samoan and New Zealand roots, reaching across social, cultural, and generational barriers. Rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific, the works are highly physical and expressed with raw finesse, unique beauty, and power.

For this matinee performance, Black Grace will perform a special curation from the company’s repertoire. It will feature sections of their new work, Paradise Rumour, which debuted in March 2023. For added cultural and historical context into Ieremia’s choreography, this performance will also include sections of Kiona and the Little Bird Suite, one of Black Grace’s most celebrated works. This piece utilizes body percussion influenced by traditional Samoan Sasa (seated dance) and Fa’ataupati (slap dance), and incorporates live drumming, singing and chanting.

Black Grace features some of New Zealand’s finest dancers. The company has toured internationally to Europe, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Caledonia. In 2004, Black Grace made its debut in the United States, performing a sold-out season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, with a subsequent return in 2005. Since then, the company has performed regularly throughout North America, earning audience and critical acclaim.

Black Grace brings its unique approach to movement and storytelling to the PNC Family Series with a special matinee performance for young audiences, narrated by Ieremia.


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