Dance – an education of deep self-knowing and interpersonal discovery; an embodied site for cross-cultural awareness, understanding and greater global interconnectedness. My pedagogy begins with a deep consideration of self, a growing awareness of our being-in-the-world, of noticing, and of mindful attention. From this base of well-being, a layering of intentionality, emotionality, idea and concept can occur and then shaped, formed and expressed through conscious movement.
Dance – through the process of embodied education, a site for deepened cultural expression, for cross-cultural understanding, and the potential for embedded life-long learning processes and curiosity about the world around us.
At Co3 Contemporary Dance Raewyn has been instrumental in developing the strategy in creating a world class contemporary company that is unique within the Australian dance sector, with a unique operating model comprising three inter-dependent pillars; world-class and critically acclaimed contemporary dance works presented as resident dance company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, a vibrant youth ensemble and elite training squad, and wide-reaching education engagement.
Under her directorship the company has established comprehensive artistic pathways for emerging, early-and mid-career artists and negotiated venue partnerships for the presentation of main-stage work by independent contemporary dance artists. She has been actively involved in supporting tertiary training dancers, providing ongoing development during internship opportunities with the company.
Aware of the need to connect beyond the dance sector, she has developed ongoing, high-level partnerships in the wider community, including the West Australian Institute of Sport, Edith Cowan University, and Hassell Architect Studios. As well, from 2016, she initiated a two-year partnership with Art Gallery Western Australia, was awarded a prestigious twelve-week artistic residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo in 2016 and most recently awarded the prestigious Saison Foundation Artist in Residency.
In December 2017 Edith Cowan University completed a year long post-doctoral study into her unique training program for professional dancers. She is Co-author of “Sustaining dancer health and wellbeing in a casualised contemporary dance industry” Co-author: Hopper, Blevins, Longbottom, Hendry, Erskine, & Hill. (publication pending) Work, employment, and society, 2018 THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Raewyn’s work has been presented by festivals and venues worldwide, including New Zealand arts festivals – Auckland, Nelson, Christchurch, Tauranga, Taupo and Dunedin; in Australia at Brisbane Arts Festival, Brisbane Power House, Centre of Contemporary Arts (Cairns), Sydney Opera House, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania); and internationally at Hong Kong International Arts Festival, Peter Sharpe Theatre (New York), Bolshoi Theatre (Russia), Baryshnikov Arts Centre (New York), and National Arts Centre (Tokyo).