Raewyn Whyte

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Raewyn Whyte was Editor (Dance) for Theatreview and managed the dance reviewers network nationally until 2021. She has been a freelance arts writer since 1983, reviewing dance and theatre in New Zealand and Canada. She is a regular contributor to DANZ Magazine and Radio NZ arts programming, and was formerly a regular contributor to the NZ Herald and NZ Listener, and a weekly columnist for The Georgia Straight (Vancouver). A dancer who turned to writing about dance as a better way to understand the way choreography communicates meaning to an audience, she has an MA from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, Canada where her research examined the development, scope and limits of contemporary dance criticism in North America, 1880-1990. She is a member of IAPWE (International Association of Professional Writers and Editors), an indexer, and remote copy editor for BookSprints Limited. She was a Theatreview Trustee and was an Executive member of the New Theatre Initiative who built Q Theatre in Auckland. She has been writing for Theatreview since 2009.   Raewyn now lives in the Far North and  is no longer reviewing dance performance.
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Raewyn Whyte's reviews

Touch Compass Triple Bill


18/08/2010 - 21/08/2010

"Ensemble meet challenge with new artistry..

"Performance maturity..



05/08/2010 - 29/08/2010

"The campest Grease ever..

"The moment is everything..

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Swan Lake On Ice

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

30/06/2010 - 25/07/2010

"Russian classic gorgeous served on ice with twist..

"Spectacle serves the story..

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Jigsaw Menu


22/04/2010 - 22/04/2010

"Diverse works in a difficult venue..



18/03/2010 - 20/03/2010

"Dazzling detail..

PO A Tribal Pop Opera


12/03/2010 - 12/03/2010

"Much to commend but loses its way..

"Succeeds as a grand musical showcase..

The Hungry Attic

Christchurch, Auckland

09/03/2010 - 09/10/2010

"Why such emphasis on the female form?..

"Sensitive, mystery-filled evening of dance..

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Dancing On Your Grave


02/02/2010 - 05/03/2010

"Mock-Gothic singing and dancing like puppets from Hell..

"Clever cabaret show compromised by tight row seating..

Peter Pan

Palmerston North, Christchurch, Invercargill, Auckland, Napier, Dunedin, Wellington, Hamilton

30/10/2009 - 10/12/2009

"A window to magical world of adventure, secrets and spectacle..

"Applause richly deserved for rollicking performance..

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TMC: Under The Influence


14/10/2009 - 17/10/2009

"Washing machine dance puts new spin on hip hop moves..

"A break-through of a show..

The Teen Show 2009


08/10/2009 - 09/10/2009

"Talent, verve, commitment and passion Talent, verve, commitment and passion..

Prime Cuts 09


06/10/2009 - 08/10/2009

"Diverse dancers in their prime..


NYC, USA, Wellington, Auckland

29/01/2008 - 22/03/2015

"Poetic, skillful and compelling..

"Journey into dream universe fuses science with myths..

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Tierra Flamenca

Wellington, Auckland

16/10/2008 - 17/10/2008

"Stirring and exhilarating..

"Milagro! Milagro!..


Wellington, Auckland

01/10/2008 - 19/10/2008

"Artist pitches Tent on solid ground..

"Silence with intent intensifies; void/avoidance pervades..

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Tama Ma


09/10/2008 - 14/10/2014

"Biographical dance journey a pleasure to watch..

"Free spirits, dancing towards heaven..

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Prime Cuts


06/10/2008 - 07/10/2008

"Delicious Prime Cuts showcase raises tempo at festival..

"A smorgasbord of delightful dance..

The Story Of Stuff


01/10/2008 - 04/10/2008

"Some sections vivid but dramaturgy needed..

"Talent rich, determination fierce but momentum diluted..



01/10/2008 - 03/10/2008

"Tender and wicked..

"Decidedly and richly entertaining..

Harmonious Oddity


01/10/2008 - 04/10/2008

"Spiderwoman weaves her spell..

"Memorable theatrical feast..