sally rodwell

May 16 1950 - October 15 2006

Magdalena Aotearoa
 
   
Sally Rodwell

 

Co-founder and co-director of Magdalena Aotearoa, Sally Rodwell was a visionary and inspirational figure within both the New Zealand and international theatre world. She made things happen, and she made us feel like we could make things happen too.

Sally, you are hugely missed, but your passion and energy lives on in us all.

 

 

Keep the romance alive!

 

Leaving the house
by Michele Leggott

look at them looking at us
here at the bottom of the cliff
we didn't see the first one pick up
the first box and move solemnly
to the door      we didn't see
how the second and the third
shouldered their bundles
how the fourth hefted a suitcase
and followed them down the path
how the fifth lifted the first
yummy banana box with its
operatic load
how the sixth slung an accordion scrip
and the seventh a blare of posters
rolled up like a trump from Jericho
we didn't realise they were all there
each one detailed to pick up
the pack up      we didn't know
how far they had come
how far they would go
how long the line was becoming
as they followed the zigzag down
we didn't know until
we heard the singing and saw
the first one on the last steps
and recognised the alpha wolf
the ants the birds and the soft-eyed cows
émigrés refugees nomads agrarians
strangers looking for a kindly light
trapezistas in violet tights and spangles
pilgrims with seashells in their hats
the hundred and forty companions of Tu
then we knew
and we watched them filing
one after another packing
the hundred and forty boxes
out of the house
down to the road
and in one version they load up
two trucks that are waiting there
and wave farewell to the precious artifacts
but in the other they dance
a saraband and make their adieux
they shoulder the boxes and begin
the northward trip on foot
leaving Tapu Te Ranga in a party
that heads overland for a seaside destination
in the Bay of Plenty
and one that's bound for the shining reefs
of Tamaki Makau Rau
look at us looking at them
and realising with a joyous widening
of passages that have been sad too long
that three carry more than their share
and willingly because three others
the last to come out of the house
have handed over their burdens
and are walking arm in arm
out to where the sun is coming up
on a restart of the present millennium
we're only too pleased to endorse
look at them looking at us now
can we make all of it happen?

 

Sally in Medellic

 

Dawn Albinger's song for Sally, October 2006

sally i just don't know how to be writing this song
to wrap your sweet memory in;
there are so many here going to miss you my sister -
hope you can hear the soft rain of our tears;

and sally i'm sorry you just couldn't find that sweet balm
to ease and relieve your heart's pain;
your soul died a little the day that he left us -
you've been leaving us slowly each minute since then;

but there's no judgement here sally,
there's no anger or fear sally,
i know that you soul's now easy and light.
as you walk through elysian fields of flowers
you don't have to wait even one minute longer
you're home now sally
you're home with the love of your life.

sally i'm glad that i met you and briefly was touched
by your strange and your wonderful ways;
we met at a crossroads, i was seeking direction -
just looking at you illumined my way;

and sally i'm sorry that i'll never meet you again
in this life on this earthly plane;
my soul's crying out 'cause we're one goddess down girl -
and i'll miss the light that you brought to our blaze;

but there's no judgement here sally,
there's no anger or fear sally,
i know that your soul's now easy and light.
as you move through elysian fields of flowers
you don't have to wait even one second longer
you're home now sally
you're home with the love of your life.

no there's no judgement here sally,
there's no anger or fear sally,
i know that your soul's now easy and free.
and i know that you've found your way home to where you want to be.
i'm going to miss you in my heart and bless your dear sweet memory.

 

 

Commemorative
Newsletter

Issue 27 of the Magdalena Aotearoa newsletter commemorates
the life of Sally Rodwell.
Download the PDF (736 KB)

 

 

 

 

Links to information about Sally and her work on the internet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally and Jill

Sally with Jill Greenhalgh at Paekakariki, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lili, Sally, Madeline

with Lilicherie McGregor and Madeline McNamara at Paekakariki, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josefina & Sally

Sally with Josefina Baez, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally & Helen

Sally with Helen Varley Jamieson, 2002