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Dance, Theatre Aotearoa New Zealand
Rodney Bell

MEREMERE

By Movement of the Human

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Meremere is a stunning autobiographical multimedia theatre work that brings the insightful, surprising, very personal and incredibly engaging story of artist Rodney Bell to life.

A critically acclaimed dancer and performer, Bell is internationally renowned for his physically integrated performance and has been dancing professionally since 1994 when he began as a founding member of Touch Compass Dance Trust. He relocated to California in 2007 to join AXIS Dance Company as principal dancer, touring to 32 states until 2012, but after finishing with AXIS he faced many challenges – including a period of homelessness on the streets of San Francisco. That life changing experience inspired the creation of Meremere.

Meremere is layered and compelling, an autobiographical performance work that integrates documentary footage, interviews, movement and imagery into 60 extraordinary minutes. Whether you’re a lover of dance, music or the spoken word, Meremere will have you entranced.

Join us after the 2pm show on Saturday 20 August as Adelle Sefton-Rowston hosts a Q&A session with the show’s creators. Adelle is the Co-Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer Literature, College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts at Charles Darwin University.

Download the house program to read on your device.

Reviews
  • 'Profound and wonderfully crafted.

    Theatrereview (NZ)
  • 'His dancing is moving and absorbing, sculptural and full of emotion.

    NZ Herald
Credits
  • Performer Rodney Bell | Ngāti Maniapoto
  • Director Malia Johnston
  • Dramaturg Emma Wills
  • Producer Romola Lang
  • AV Designer Rowan Pierce
  • Composer & Performer Eden Mulholland | Ngāti Uepohatu
  • Te Mātanga Mātauranga Māori Tūī Ranapiri-Ransfield | Ngāti Ohomairangi
  • Lighting Designer Ruby Reihana-Wilson | Ngā Puhi
  • Set Designer John Verryt
  • AV Operator & Stage Manager Zane Allen
  • Lighting Operator Elekis Poblete Teirney
  • Guest Dancer Brydie Colquhoun | Ngā Puhi, Te Tiriti, Te Rarawa
  • Costume Designer Claire Croskery
  • Graphic Designer Ian Hammond
  • Photos Tom Hoyle (hero), Vanessa Rushton Photography (production images)

Supported by Creative New Zealand

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