Hill creates lyrical and passionate movement, where dancers rise and fall, as if struggling towards heaven. She also makes work that is dark and disturbing. Francesca Horsley, NZ Listener, November 7-13 2009 Vol 221 No 3626

A graduate of New Zealand School of Dance, Raewyn was born in Oamaru and spent her childhood in a number of small towns of the South Island of New Zealand.  Raewyn has become one of New Zealand's foremost contemporary dance-theatre practitioners, having received numerous awards and accolades from critics and audiences throughout Australasia.

Raewyn is highly regarded for her flair in balancing a strong physicality with a precise technical vocabulary and managed her own professional dance company for many years. From 2007 - 2009 she was artist-in-residence at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, after which she was invited as artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris from August to October 2009 and Baryshnikov Arts Centre August, 2010.


 Raewyn Hill. 
Image by Naomi Lee

Raewyn's work has been presented by festivals and venues worldwide, including New Zealand Arts Festivals: Auckland, Nelson, Christchurch, Taupo and Dunedin; Brisbane Arts Festival (Australia), Sydney Opera House (Australia), Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Brisbane Powerhouse ( Brisbane) Hong Kong Arts Festival (China), Peter Sharpe Theatre (New York), COCA (Australia), Bolshoi Theatre (Russia), Baryshnikov Arts Centre (New York), Juilliard (New York), National Arts Centre (Japan). 

Since her appointment as Artistic Director of Dancenorth she has created critically acclaimed works for the company, the cry (2010), Black Crows (2010), the Helpmann nominated MASS (2011), FUGUE (2012) and most recently ABANDON (2013) which was created with Opera Queensland. In 2011 she returned to Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris as artist in residence and was a subject in Sue Healey's dance film Virtuosi documenting the international careers of New Zealand artist.

Australian Dance Awards nominations and shortlisting for 2013 included Outstanding Community Dance for Small Dances//Big stories and a nomination for Services to Dance Education. Raewyn was recently named in the top 50 influential people in North Queensland and was appointed as a Queensland Culture Champion by the Queensland Government. 

2014 Australian Dance Award nominations include Outstanding Performance by a Company (Abandon), Outstanding Community Dance (Shake a leg), Best female dancer (Alice Hinde). Raewyn is currently creating a new work ‘the inside' for Dancenorth, with New Zealanders Duncan Sarkies (writer) and Eden Mulholland (composer).


Francesca Horsley writes about Raewyn Hill in the New Zealand Listener


Dancenorth's production 'the cry', a creation by Raewyn Hill is a powerful and moving contemporary dance theatre work.
FINDERS KEEPERS looks at the intricacies of family relationships and explores how love can ultimately clip the wings of personal freedom.
Dance excerpt by Raewyn Hill
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, AustraliaAppointed 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 Dame Adrienne 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