For the uninitiated, it can be hard to get excited about dance performances. I, for one, have fallen asleep during every single ballet I’ve found myself at.

That said, I’m going to As Night Falls. Artistic Director Neil Ieremia describes the contemporary performance as a response to his “fears of the darkness that seems to be eroding the value of equality and human life”. Those sorts of fears are easy to give into. Instead Ieremia made something with “beauty and physical vitality, musicality and hope”.

“A rewarding and even necessary experience for lovers of art.” – The National Business Review, 2015

As Night Falls premieres in Auckland for a limited season at the Herald Theatre, from 1-5 November. Ieremia promises a performance which “is bold and bright like the colourful muumuu dresses worn by my mother without shame or ceremony.”

Set to Vivaldi’s timeless tunes, Black Grace dance company embraces the contemporary for the last time in Auckland before heading off to tour America.  It’s a good time to see them; Ieremia has been collecting awards for work left, right and centre, and Black Grace’s productions have been met with a good amount of acclaim around the world. They’ve been playing venues from The Kennedy Centre in Washington to Hagåtña in Guam.

I feel pretty sure this is one dance performance I’ll manage to get the whole way through.

As Night Falls plays

1 – 5 November Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre

Tickets: $39-$45 (booking fees apply)

Tickets available through Ticketmaster, from 15th August
The performance season of As Night Falls is supported by Auckland Live.

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Sophie David

I run very long distances and pet dogs and spend too much money on food. I also make bread.

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