02 Aug 2009
When a kid twice your size steals your lunch punches you in the face
and says “YOU BETTER RUN BOY!” – What do you do?
Black Grace is proud to present the brand new
UrbanYOUTHMovement production of YOU BETTER RUN BOY!
This work explores the theme of bullying in our schools, streets and
beyond. Created under the leadership of Neil Ieremia and Black
Grace, this new dance work is set to be fast, fierce and funny and will
make you want to laugh at a bully, hug a bully and bully a bully!
YOU BETTER RUN BOY! runs at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE®, 8 – 12 September.
During June and July Black Grace auditioned over 100 young people aged 16 – 21 from all over Auckland, selecting 16 performers. Rehearsals have taken place almost every evening and weekend since.
In UYM’s 10-year history, this years project ranks as the largest intake of Pacific Island and Maori participants. With 7 men and 9 women from Papakura to Long Bay, this group has lots of stories to tell... Here are just a few:
Clockwise from left: Thomas Fonua, Wiremu Mehana, Joash Tuugamusu (with Black Grace dancer Sean MacDonald in the background) and Brittany Le Sueur (with Black Grace dancer Tupua Tigafua).
Wiremu Mehana (16) is from Papakura High School. Wiremu and two of his school mates Joseph Matthews and Huiarangi Honara make the 50 minute train ride into Auckland City for each rehearsal, and home again. Wiremu dreams of becoming a Formula 1 driver.
Thomas Fonua (17). From Onehunga High School Thomas juggles school, rugby and ballet lessons and says he gets a lot of flack for his dancing – but what’s new?
Brittany Le Sueur (17) is in her final year at Long Bay College. Brittany has come to UYM to get a taste of what it is like working professionally. “It’s a place where we can come and be who ever we want to be – go crazy!”
Joash Tuugamusu (21) is a student at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts and has aspirations to work with Black Grace. “It’s an excellent opportunity to learn, improve and mature – a good all over experience so far. I’m living my dream!”