Irina Pauls – Biography

freelance choreographer and director

Born in Leipzig, Irina Pauls studied at the Palucca School Dresden and choreography at the Theaterhochschule Leipzig.

She worked as Artistic Director and Choreographer at the Landestheater Altenburg (1985-89). In 1990 she was appointed as Director of the newly formed TanzTheater Irina Pauls at the Schauspiel Leipzig where she worked until 1998. From 1998-1999 she was Director of Dance Theatre at the Staatstheater Oldenburg. From 2000-2006 she was engaged with her Company at the City-Theatre Heidelberg which co-operated with the City-Theatre Freiburg.

From 2007 until 2010 she was Artistic Director at Leipziger Tanztheater ( D.C. Dilligence and Company).

She also worked as guest choreographer at other German Theatres (Schauspiel Essen, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Bayrisches Staatsschauspiel München) and created site-specific performances (St. Lorenz, Nürnberg, Münster, Freiburg, Airport Leipzig/Halle). She held several workshops in Germany and abroad ( Athens, Kiev, Perm, Dublin, Manila, Salzburg).

Irina Pauls created over 60 world premieres.

Today she works as freelance choreographer and as teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Leipzig and at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.

Open Waters

Thursday, 18th October 2012 at 6.00p.m.
Dance Performance „Open Waters"
Choreographer: Irina Pauls

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the  GERMAN-MALTESE-CIRCLE in MALTA 2012

Venue: St. George's Square, Valletta
Repeat performances: Friday, 19th October at 5.00 p.m.

Saturday, 20th October at 11.00 a.m. / 1.00 p.m. / 3.00 p.m.
Composition: Matthias Engelke, Costumes: Ricarda Knödler
Dancers: Johanna Kasperowitsch, Athanasia Kanellopoulo, Arthur Schopa, Krista Degaetano, Ilona Attard, Natali Camolez, Ilaria Zammit, Rochelle Gatt, Caroline Briffa


'The past inspires the present for the future' (Ch. Camilleri)

The public and historically important St George's Square in Malta's capital Valletta will be the venue for a Dance-Performance by the German Choreographer Irina Pauls.

Contemporary dancers will perform to music by the Maltese composer Charles Camilleri (1931-2009) transformed through compositions by Matthias Engelke. In his music Camillieri amalgamated the element of folk song with that of the avant-garde. He travelled extensively, but always came back to his Maltese roots.

Incentive for the performance in the public space are the water fountains which appear on St George's  Square in Valletta every hour, accompanied by a movement from Charles Camilleri's „Malta-Suite“.

Irina Paul's choreography tells about people and their different attitudes towards life. People animate streets and squares and in spite of their differences they are searching for forms of communication. They disappear and reappear in other positions, searching for viewing points and meeting each other again. Combined with Mathias Engelke's compositions and Ricarda Knödler's costumes an atmosphere of communication and dreams is created on St. George's Square. The spectators will become part of the action.

The performance will take place as a cooperation of German-based dancers and dancers living on Malta.