Black Grace presents

Crying Men

Dance by Neil Ieremia

6 SEP - 8 SEP 2018 — Dance



Black Grace


ASB Waterfront Theatre


65 mins


Themes of physical and psychological abuse, guidance from a parent or guardian is recommended. Use of smoke.

Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, CRYING MEN is a vital new work choreographed by NZ icon and Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia. This richly textured conversation from cultural phenomenon Black Grace premieres in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, for a strictly limited season from September 6.

Through dance, CRYING MEN traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength.

Utilising gesture, elements of traditional Pacific storytelling, song and dance, the production sees Ieremia collaborate with acclaimed Pacific playwright Victor Rodger for the first time. Rodger has created an original narrative framework which underpins the work. Black Grace has commissioned new music from hip-hop legends Anonymouz aka Faiumu Matthew Salapu and Submariner aka Andy Morton; their work will drive percussively powerful movement from an impressive cast of dancers and singers.

Thanks to Creative New Zealand and Foundation North

Exhilarating and life-affirming.” Theatreview, Christchurch, 2017

"Black Grace dancers in their military-like precision are simply mesmerising, and they honor their traditions in impressive fashion." - Critical Dance, USA, 2017




Neil Ieremia


Matthew Faiumu Salapu


Andy Morton


Victor Rodger

Original narrative framework