Within RNZB’s Dystopian ‘The Firebird’ Ballet lies a Cautionary Tale [REVIEW]

Royal New Zealand BalletThe FirebirdDigital Stage ProductionAugust 27 – September 6, 2021 Reviewed by Steve SucatoLike a Greta Thunberg nightmare future come to life, Royal New Zealand Ballet choreographer-in-residence Loughlan Prior’s new production of The Firebird for the company, depicts a future where humans have destroyed the earth’s environment to the point of reducing the species to Mad Max-like movie characters that roam a barren … Continue reading Within RNZB’s Dystopian ‘The Firebird’ Ballet lies a Cautionary Tale [REVIEW]

Amazing Grace

By Steve Sucato In the tough neighborhood where Black Grace artistic director/choreographer Neil Ieremia grew up, dancing didn’t figure into everyday life. The son of Samoan parents living in New Zealand, Ieremia says he was exposed to traditional Polynesian singing and dancing at social functions (weddings, funerals) and through school and church youth groups. But it wasn’t until he began seeing music videos from America … Continue reading Amazing Grace