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State of Grace

When the New Zealand choreographer Neil Ieremia christened his troupe Black Grace, in 1995, he wasn’t thinking of its indigenous, Pacific Island roots, or of the various national sports teams with “black” in their names and vigor in their steps. He had in mind the local slang, in which “black” means brave to the point of audacious. For Ieremia, you couldn’t apply “grace” to a bunch of short, stocky men like himself, whose legs were happiest when bent, and not preface it with a headshake. The word seemed purely aspirational. READ ON

“Under the connotations of sadness, of loss, there’s always the sense of hopefulness,” says the dance troupe’s founder.

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