Photographs courtesy Yaya Stempler
Rodney Bell and Chloe Loftus cling excessive above a captivated Sydney viewers throughout a efficiency of “The Air Between Us.”
Dangling the wrong way up in your wheelchair 30-45 toes above a crowd of onlookers isn’t most individuals’s thought of a superb time, however for Rodney Bell it’s superb.
“The upper the higher,” says the award-winning Māori dance artist. “I actually get pleasure from being up with the birds. After I’m up there, I’m taller than all people else, and so they must lookup and get a sore neck.”
From Jan. 20-22, Australian audiences obtained an opportunity to lookup and see Bell and choreographer Chloe Loftus carry out their new aerial collaboration, “The Air Between Us.” Bell and Loftus developed and advanced the present over a yr of acting at outside venues in New Zealand, typically performing hanging from a rig mounted to timber. The three-night engagement outdoors the Museum of Modern Artwork Australia in Sydney marked the present’s worldwide debut.
Bell graced the quilt of opens in a brand new windowNew Mobility’s September 2010 problem as a member of California-based opens in a brand new windowAxis Dance Firm. He stayed at Axis till 2012 after which spent three years homeless in San Francisco earlier than a nonprofit raised cash to assist him return to New Zealand. He carried out on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in Queensland and toured Australia and New Zealand with a well-received present titled “Meremere” in 2022.
He’s excited to share “The Air Between Us” with extra audiences, and says a global tour of “Meremere” is within the works. Greater than something although, he’s excited to present again to the neighborhood, particularly the “tangata haua” — a Māori time period that he interprets to “our disabled those who lean in another way within the wind.”
“It’s my time to present again as a lot as I can,” he says. “I really feel I’ve absorbed sufficient soul meals to start out giving a few of that out and be feeding others.”