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Soapbox announces new corporate partnerships

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Soapbox Productions announces two exciting new corporate partnerships.

Soapbox Productions, led by acclaimed New Zealand dancer and choreographer, Raewyn Hill, is pleased to announce the formation of new corporate partnerships with Montana Wines and Smokefree Arts.

Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, is thrilled with this new development for her emerging DanceTheatre company. Since founding Soapbox Productions in 2001 Hill has worked hard to find corporate partners who understand the intricacies of DanceTheatre and can support both risk and daring onstage and the ongoing behind-the-scenes work.

Montana Wines will join Soapbox Productions as a main company sponsor, offering much needed support to create and tour Hill's much acclaimed DanceTheatre shows. Hill says that "These partnerships allow us a much needed support system in a fragile industry. We have been working and continue to work hard to ensure that contemporary dance remains in the public of New Zealand. These partnerships allows us to take a step forward in order to reach the long-term goal of establishing a full-time DanceTheatre company in New Zealand".

"At Soapbox we believe it is essential to develop new work for New Zealand audiences and create employment for the New Zealand dance community; finding the right corporate partners is one of the vital ingredients needed to make that dream happen".

Scott Ashton, Corporate Affairs Manager of Montana Wines says "Our partnership with Soapbox Productions extends Montana's support for dance evidenced thus far in our sponsorship of the Royal NZ Ballet. It also further complements our broad portfolio of arts support which seeks to bring the work of talented New Zealanders to audiences across the country. We are greatly looking forward to working with one of New Zealand's most exciting dance theatre practitioners in Raewyn Hill".

Smokefree Arts has joined Soapbox Productions for the 2003 shows of WHITE and NIGHT. Their support means that the company can continue to develop its national profile. Fenn Gordon, Brand Manager, Smokefree Arts says "We're delighted to be involved with such an innovative emerging choreographer as Raewyn and assist in enabling her to reach new audiences".

Soapbox Productions is committed to producing stimulating and thought provoking DanceTheatre and creating a full-time self-sustaining DanceTheatre company in New Zealand . With the support of Montana Wines and Smokefree Arts Soapbox Productions is one major step closer to realising these aims.

For further information contact Melanie Hamilton, Manager, Soapbox Productions.

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