Neil Ieremia (born in Wellington, New Zealand) is the Founder, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Black Grace, a contemporary dance company that has performed extensively nationally and internationally for 14 years. Ieremia is one of the most accomplished Choreographers in New Zealand.
Graduated from the Auckland Performing Arts School.
At 19, Ieremia left a banking job to pursue a life as a Choreographer. After graduating from Performing Arts School, he joined the Doughlas Write Dance company.
In 1995, he created his own dance company which was an all-male group – ‘Black Grace’. It is predominantly Pacific Islander and Maori and fuses traditional Pacific Island/Samoan and Maori movement with modern dance.
Ieremia has choreographed projects for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Wearable Arts, the New Zealand School of Dance, Opera New Zealand, and the Rotterdam Dance Academy.
Highlights and Awards:
- Received the prestigious Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand
- A 2009 recipient of the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts from The Banff Centre, Canada
- The Mayor of Honolulu officially named February 06, 2010 ‘Black Grace Day’, after a very successful tour in Honolulu, Hawaii