Artistic Director for new WA contemporary dance company

One of Australasia’s foremost dance practitioners and pioneers, Raewyn Hill has been appointed as Artistic Director of the new WA contemporary dance company.

Raewyn created numerous critically acclaimed works for Dancenorth including the cry (2010), Black Crows (2010) and MASS (2011). Under her leadership, the company has performed the award-nominated MASS at the Brisbane Festival and the Downstage Theatre in Wellington. She also created a new work, Fugue (2012), for The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary and performed at The State Theatre in Melbourne, premiered Allegories at the Brisbane Festival (a collaboration with Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company and Dancenorth), created a new solo A Fall from Grace that premiered at The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (2013) and premiered Flock at Tokyo’s National Art Centre (2014).

Career highlights

  • the programming of her solo show at the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out season (When Love Comes Calling, 2004)
  • her appointment as Artistic Director of Dancenorth (2010 – 2014)
  • being the second only international choreographer commissioned by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Vespers, 2009)
  • invitations to be artist-in-residence at School of Dance, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Hong Kong, 2007 – 2009), the Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris, 2009 & 2011) and the Baryshnikov Arts Centre (New York City, 2010).


2014 Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Company for Abandon (Australian Dance Awards)
2013 Nominated – Services to Dance Education (Australian Dance Awards)
2013 Nominated – Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance for Small Dances/Big Stories (Australian Dance Awards)
2013 Top 50 Most Influential People in North Queensland (Queensland Government)
2013 Queensland Cultural Champion (Queensland Government)
2012 Nominated – Best Ballet or Dance Work for MASS (Helpmann Awards)
2002 Commitment to dance in New Zealand (New Zealand School of Dance)
1992 Best All Round Student Award (New Zealand School of Dance)

Profile provided by CDCWA (The Contemporary Dance Company of Western Australia) 2014.

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