Helga Hill is the researcher, director and costume designer for the Rippon Lea Renaissance and Baroque Dancers and, as a foundation member of the Early Music Consort of Melbourne, a performer on a wide range of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque instruments. For twenty years she was a church organist. She taught Renaissance and Baroque Dance in Europe annually from 1977-1997, with frequent courses in Austria, England and Sweden. For ten years she was in charge of Historic Dance Studies at the Dartington (UK) International Summer School where she also presented Historic Gesture for actors and singers and advised on period stage movements. Helga Hill has presented reconstructed choreographies for 17th Century operas and masques at Dartington (UK), in Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank, London), the Festival of Flanders in Bruges, with Schola Cantorum in Basle, and at Victoria University in Wellington (N.Z.)
At the University of Melbourne she initiated studies in the Art of Gesture - the first such tertiary program anywhere. In 2006 she directed and gestured the University's Opera Project - The Judgment of Paris by John Eccles (1701). In 2008 she directed and gestured the Scarlatti serenatas Il rato di Proserpina and Fede, Idolatria e Furore (both c.1700) for performances at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Accompanied by the Early Music Consort and Rippon Lea Dancers, Helga Hill's annual performance schedule includes the highly successful Early Music in the Very Round at Brighton, appearances at such major city venues as the National Gallery of Victoria and, whenever possible, at regional centres. Recently she has been working on the Arianna Gesture Project initiated by Dr. Daniela Kaleva at the University of South Australia.
Helga Hill was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the performing arts in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List. She retired from public performance in 2017 and her work is continued by the Courtly Arts Performers of Victoria.
Related item: Integrated Historic Arts
Helga M. Hill, OAM