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New Zealand’s premier contemporary dance company ‘Black Grace’ debuts in New Orleans, February 28

Written by  New Orleans Ballet Association
On Saturday, February 28 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater (1419 Basin St.), New Zealand’s premier contemporary dance company Black Grace will make its debut performance in New Orleans as part of the New Orleans Ballet Association’s (NOBA) Main Stage Season of Dance. The company, led by charismatic founder, artistic director and choreographer of Samoan heritage, Neil Ieremia, will perform a sensational program of works that are fiercely athletic, spiritual and rich in storytelling traditions, blending Pacific Island indigenous dance forms and contemporary dance. World-renowned for artistry and innovation, Black Grace masterfully blends Pacific Island indigenous dance forms and contemporary dance.
NOBA is known for bringing unique and captivating dance performances to New Orleans, and Black Grace is no exception. Founded in 1995, Black Grace began as an all-male company of dancers of Pacific Island, Maori and New Zealand heritage with a fresh, new dance style. Today, this powerhouse company has changed the face of contemporary dance in New Zealand and has received worldwide acclaim for its athletic, socially inspired dances that are rich with tribal rhythms, vocalization and body percussion.

Tickets for Black Grace start at $24 and may be purchased through the New Orleans Ballet Association Box Office at (504) 522-0996 or online at www.NOBAdance.com, and through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups.
 
In addition to the company’s main stage performance, Black Grace will present a week of community residency activities from February 23-27, including in-school workshops, lecture demonstrations, master classes and a choreographic workshop for pre-professional students of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance.
                           
Black Grace is sponsored by Superior Energy Services.
 
About the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA)
NOBA is the Central Gulf region’s premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance.  NOBA’s dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists.  Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 30,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages.  In addition, NOBA’s nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 5,500 tuition-free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area. 

NOBA is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the NEA, a Federal agency; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans, and is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO); and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and is administered through ACNO.
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