Hot tip - Black Grace

New Zealand's leading contemporary dance company will bring its latest masterpiece to the Festival of Colour in Queenstown and Wanaka in April next year.

Festival organisers announced this week Black Grace (pictured) was booked to perform Waka after a sell-out tour of Germany.

''Founding artistic director and choreographer Neil Ieremia is one of this country's most accomplished and respected artists,'' festival director Philip Tremewan, of Wanaka, said.

''Through his vision he imbues Black Grace with an explosive mix of Pacific culture and contemporary dance.

''Waka has been met with standing ovations in Europe and we're delighted to bring it to New Zealand audiences as part of the Festival of Colour.

''Black Grace is internationally renowned for its artistry, creative excellence and innovation and to see them perform is an unforgettable experience that is sure to inspire festival audiences.''

Public ticket sales start on February 25 and priority booking for patrons and sponsors from February 14. The Black Grace show in the renovated Queenstown Memorial Centre is set for April 19.

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