MEREMERE premiered October 2016 and embarked on a North Island tour in June 2018 with 32 performances
Meremere is a performance autobiography integrating the life stories, journeys and the talents of Rodney Bell, a performer who left New Zealand over 12 years ago to pursue a career in integrated dance on the international stage.
Rodney performed and created work with dozens of companies but spent most of his time with Axis Dance Company after which he had a short but intense period living on the streets of San Francisco, which unfolded a series of incredible discoveries about who he is, what he wants to achieve and what coming home back to his country, back to his Marae and to his hometown of Te Kuiti means for the next phase in his life.
This work is an autobiographical performance work that integrates documentary footage, interviews, dance and imagery into a 60 minute work. An impressionistic and surreal experience of Rodney's life.
Whilst Meremere is a solo in its presentation, it was created by a range of people whom hail from a variety of professional and personal communities that Rodney has engaged with over the past 20 years. Guest artists and their contributions helped build the foundation of the work.
Te Pou Theatre, Auckland
Friday 8th June 7pm - Te Kuiti Les Munro Centre, Te Kuiti
Sunday 10th June 7pm - Turner Centre, Kerikeri
Monday 12th June - Northland Regional Corrections, Kaikohe
Thursday 14th June -Hawkes Bay Regional Prison, Hastings
Saturday 16th June, Guest performance - duet - Edible Fashion Awards, Peak Vision Centre, Havelock North
Monday 18th June 7pm Waiouru Community Hall, Waiouru Military Training Facility, Waiouru
Thursday 21st – Saturday 30th June - Circa Theatre, Wellington
Performer: Rodney Bell
Director: Malia Johnston
AV Design: Rowan Pierce Operators Owen McCarthy + Charlie Draper
Music: Eden Mulholland
Dramaturgy: Emma Willis
Cultural Advisor: Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield
Set Design: John Verryt: Photography: Tom Hoyle
Graphic Design: Ian Hammond
Producer: Romola Lang
Partnership: Touch Compass Dance Trust
Funded by: CNZ and in Partnership with TOUCH COMPASS DANCE TRUST
Meremere - Promo (1)
Meremere - Harmonica
Video of the full show is available on request.
In My Mind - Documentary - Making Meremere