Born, Oamaru, New Zealand
Toured with Royal New Zealand Ballet, Giselle;
Graduated, NZ School of Dance, Best all round dancer award
Established Soapbox Productions
One of 10 New Zealanders awarded AMP scholarship
Solo show When love comes calling, sellout season Sydney Opera House, Studio
Retired from performing
Created A dance for the forgotten for Tasdance, Australia
Appointed artist in residence School of Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
One for sorrow toured on the Tasdance programme, Australia;
Nest toured on the Footnote Dance Co programme, New Zealand;
Re-appointed artist in residence School of Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Recipient of Arts Foundation donation recipient from Adrienne, Lady Stewart;
Premiered Vespers at the inaugural Asia Pacific Dance Platform; Hong Kong;
Awarded Cite International des Arts residency, Paris;
Set Vespers on Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow
Artistic Director, Dancenorth, Queensland, Australia;
Offered artist in residency Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York;
Created new work for New York's - The Juilliard School.
Artist in Residency Cite International des Arts, Paris
Invited to be part of Sue Healey documentary on NZ dancers, Virtuosi;
Toured Gold Coast, Cairns, Mackay (Australia) with MASS;
Created FUGUE for 50th Anniversary celebration season, Australian Ballet, Melbourne;
Created ALLEGORIES, Dance Energy season shared with EDC, Queensland Ballet, Brisbane Festival;
MASS programmed at Brisbane Festival;
Set FUGUE at WAAPA, Perth
BiographyRaewyn Hill - Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director
Francesca Horsley, NZ Listener, November 7-13 2009 Vol 221 No 3626
Raewyn Hill spent her childhood in the smaller towns of the South Island of New Zealand. She left home young, being accepted into New Zealand School of Dance at the age of 15, graduating from the School in 1992 with the Best All Round Student Award. She was subsequently named on the distinguished Honours Board in recognition of her commitment to dance in New Zealand.
Over an 18-year career Raewyn became one of New Zealand's foremost contemporary dance-theatre practitioners. She has received numerous awards and endless accolades from critics and audiences throughout Australasia throughout her professional career as an artist. No stranger to the Australian Dance scene, she has worked with Sue Healy and toured with Gary Stewart's company THWACK in the original Plastic Space. Her widely acclaimed solo show When Love Comes Calling was a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House Studio Theatre with standing room tickets only available.
In 2001 she established Soapbox Productions as a vehicle for her growing choreographic voice. The company toured consistently throughout New Zealand and developed eight critically acclaimed full-length works, When Love Comes Calling, White, Night, Angels with Dirty Feet, Here lies within, We are gathered here today, A dance for the forgotten and Finders Keepers alongside several smaller commissioned works, notably Nest, Trio 1 and 2, How ugly is the duckling, In time of Flight and Forgotten for Footnote Dance Company, Hanging between heaven and earth for New Zealand School of Dance, An ocean of tears for Royal New Zealand Ballet, Vespers, Til Death do us Part for Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Raewyn retired from performing in 2006 following a successful tour of her solo show We are gathered here today. This enabled the transformation of Soapbox Productions into her new Company ‘Raewyn Hill and Dancers' where she was CEO, Artistic Director and Choreographer. Her husband Richard Longbottom (NZSD Graduate '99, ex Royal New Zealand Ballet) was Associate Director, Artistic Advisor and Rehearsal Director.
Raewyn has appeared as a guest teacher and choreographer for a number of institutions including Royal New Zealand Ballet, Footnote Dance Company, New Zealand School of Dance, Unitec Performing Arts School, Bei Jing Dance Academy, Western Australia Performing Arts, Tasdance, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she was Artist in Residence 2007 - 2009, School of Dance and most recently Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow.
Commercially she has appeared as a dancer on Xena, The Warrior Princess and the BBC's ‘The lost world'. In 2006 she was invited to be the choreographer for the TVNZ series ‘Rude Awakenings' as well as advise the producers for the New Zealand version of ‘So you think you can dance'. In 2008 and 2009 she provided the entertainment for the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in the form of a photography exhibition and live performance.
Raewyn premiered a new contemporary dance work Vespers at the inaugural Asia Pacific Dance Platform, as a part of the 37th Hong Kong Arts Festival in February 2009. The inclusion of her work in one of the world's premier Arts Festivals signalled a landmark in her career. Continuing to build her international profile, Raewyn is the first New Zealander to be awarded a prestigious Cite International des Arts residency in Paris; from August - September 2009. As well, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy invited Raewyn to set Vespers on the Academy in November 2009, and the work will premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow in May 2010.
In April 2009 Raewyn Hill and Dancers premiered a new full-length work Finders Keepers, supported by Creative New Zealand at the Festival of Colour, Wanaka. Finders Keepers was performed at Christchurch Arts Festival 2009.
Raewyn was appointed in the role of Artistic Director of Dancenorth in Queensland, Australia, January 2010. Raewyn and Dancenorth been invited to be resident at Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York City, September 2010 and created a new work for New York's prestigious performing arts conservatoire The Juilliard School in Nov/Dec 2010.
Raewyn has created three critically acclaimed works for Dancenprth including, the cry (2010), Black Crows (2010) and MASS (2011). In 2012, she will lead Dancenorth on its first tour of Regional Queensland in eight years. Later in the year the company will perform her most recent work MASS, a new work ALLEGORIES at Brisbane Festival and a new work FUGUE as part of the Australian Ballet's 50th Anniversary, State Theatre (Melbourne).
|Raewyn Hill. Image by Naomi Abdilla|