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Meremere (New Zealand)


1 Nov 2018 - 1 Jan 2020

Short Synopsis

Meremere is a powerful, engaging autobiographical work from an exceptional artist Rodney Bell | Ngāti Maniapoto.

'This autobiographical, multi-disciplinary and life-affirming survival story drew the cheering opening night audience to its feet.'  Dominion Post, June 24, 2018

"Meremere is a complex work of art where design, AV and lighting play as significant a role as story-telling, music and dance.' NZ Herald, October 2016

Meremere is a courageous response to an incredible series of life events; an inspirational performance with live music from Eden Mulholland. The multimedia work was developed in collaboration with director Malia Johnston’s performance design company Movement of the Human (MOTH). Meremere premiered to rave reviews in 2016 and has won Rodney the 2017 Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award, and the 2016 Attitude Artistic Achievement Award. A critically acclaimed dancer and performer, Rodney is internationally renowned for his physically integrated performance. In 2007 Rodney joined AXIS Dance Company (USA) as principal dancer, touring to 32 states until 2012. After finishing with AXIS and before his return to New Zealand, Rodney experienced a period of homelessness on the streets of San Francisco: a life changing experience that inspired the creation of Meremere.

The work is insightful, surprising, very personal and incredibly engaging.

‘Meremere is a small but beautifully formed production that takes us on a journey of undiminished hope and wonder’ Theatreview, June 23 2018

Reviews Feature

"This autobiographical, multi-disciplinary and life-affirming survival story drew the cheering opening night audience to its feet.

Director/choreographer Malia Johnston is part of the project-based, cross-discipline company, Movement of the Human. Their creative collaboration here is stunningly unified.

Totally in sync are John Verryt's minimal yet versatile and intimate set; Ruby Reihana-Wilson's  striking lighting design with its clever use of shadows; the superb AV and graphic designs by Rowan Pierce and Ian Hammond, and the lynchpin composition, live playing and singing of the brilliant Eden Mulholland, Meremere is inspiring."

Ann Hunt, Dominion Post, June 24, 2018

Written By
Collaborative; Rodney Bell: Performer/Creator, Malia Johnson: Director/Creator, Emma Willis: Dramaturg
Composed By
Eden Mulholland
Directed By
Malia Johnston
Malia Johnston, Rodney Bell, Julia Milsom
Designed By
John Verryt Set design Rowan Pierce AV Design Ruby Reihana-Wilson Lighting Design Ian Hammond Graphic Design Claire Croskery Costume Design
Rodney Bell
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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