Raewyn Hill


Raewyn Hill 2014

Raewyn graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1992. She was named on the distinguished honours board 2002, in recognition of her commitment to dance in New Zealand. Since her graduation she has performed with Australia and New Zealand's leading contemporary dance companies. She has developed a reputation for thought provoking and passionate choreographic works and has been the recipient of many awards and honours.

In late 2001 Raewyn established her own project-based company, Soapbox Productions. Hill has developed critically acclaimed full-length works, When Love Comes Calling, White, Night, Angels with Dirty Feet, Here Lies Within and We Are Gathered Here Today, alongside several smaller works. The company has toured to virtually every New Zealand Arts Festival as well as a sell out season at the Sydney Opera House Studio Theatre of Raewyn's solo show When Love Comes Calling. 2006 saw Hill retire from performing with a hugely successful tour of her solo show We Are Gathered Here Today.

In late 2005 Raewyn was a guest choreographer at the Beijing Dance Academy, and in 2008 she was artist in residence in Hong Kong. Hill has also appeared as a guest teacher and choreographed for the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Unitec Performing Arts School and New Zealand School of Dance She has created many works for Footnote in NZ including Trio #2 (2001), Trio #3 (2002), In Time of Flight (2003), Forgotten (2004) and How Ugly is That Duckling (2005). She was awarded a research development grant from Creative New Zealand to travel to Paris in 2007. Raewyn choreographed the full length work Mercy: A dance for the Forgotten for Tasdance in 2007 and a solo from this work was performed in 2008 as part of Tasdance's One for Sorrow, Two for Joy. Raewyn was appointed Artistic Director of Dancenorth in January 2010.

Raewyn has created numerous critically acclaimed works for Dancenorth including The Cry (2010), Black Crows (2010) and MASS (2011). In 2013 Raewyn co-directed Abandon with Opera Queensland Artistic Director Lindy Hume and Musical Director James Crabb. In January 2014, Raewyn’s 
A fall from Grace featured at the National Art Gallery (Tokyo), a collaboration with Japanese sculptor Naoko Yoshimoto. Alongside her main-stage work, Raewyn has re-established Dancenorth’s regional North Queensland touring circuit, strengthened venue partnerships throughout the state, and developed a comprehensive community and education program that includes working with individuals with disability and young people marginalized from mainstream education. Raewyn has received a 2012 Helpmann Award nomination for ‘Best Ballet or Dance Work’ for MASS; Australian Dance Awards 2013 nomination for ‘Services to Education’ and ‘Best Community and Education Program’ for Small Dances//Big Stories. In August 2013, Raewyn was recognised in the ‘Top 50 Most Influential’ people
 in North Queensland, and made a Queensland Cultural Champion by the Queensland Government.