Meremere is a powerful and engaging autobiographical work in response to Rodney Bell’s extraordinary life, and the series of events that have been incredibly unique for one individual to experience in a lifetime.
This multimedia performance piece has been developed in collaboration with director Malia Johnston’s performance design company Movement of the Human (MOTH). Meremere includes AV by award-winning designer Rowan Pierce, and live music from the highly talented Jol Mulholland bringing this insightful, surprising and very personal story to life. A critically acclaimed dancer and performer, Rodney is renowned for his physically integrated performance. In 2007, Rodney joined AXIS Dance Company (USA) as principal dancer for five years. Before his return home, Rodney experienced a period of homelessness on the streets of San Francisco: a life-changing experience that inspired the creation of Meremere.
“This autobiographical, multi-disciplinary and life-affirming survival story drew the cheering opening night audience to its feet.”
– Dominion Post
“His dancing is moving and absorbing, sculptural and full of emotion…”
– NZ Herald
"Meremere is a small but beautifully formed production that takes us on a journey of undiminished hope and wonder”
KARANGA is a powerful new interactive Māori contemporary dance work led by Artistic Director and award-winning choreographer Merenia Gray and co-creators Gareth Farr, Toni Huata, Mary-Lyn Chambers, Emma Mortimer, Jo Kilgour, Jeanine Clarkin, Miriama McDowell, Luka Turjak, Tānemahuta Gray, Ariana Tikao and dancers.