Rodney Bell

Ngāti Maniopoto

Rodney Bell is from Te Kuuititanga in which he treasures and acknowledges his ancestral Elders in all intentive motives in his life. As a performing artist Rodney enhances each opportunity presented to tour the world and work with many renowned dance companies and extraordinary artists which has bought many accolades into his life.

His career has been nurtured by many caring and trusting people and organisations - his Whaanau, Touch Compass, Movement of the Human, Creative New Zealand, Catherine Chappell, Lusi Faiva, Suzanne Cowan, just to name a few.

Acquiring a Disability 33 years ago - paraplegia with no feeling and control from below the chest, Rodney Bell has discovered a new depth of intimacy, communion, and peace with the tangata taua/tangata whai kaha (disabled community) and dance that cloaks him and is always acting upon and reimagining a better world for us all to flourish equally.