about paul / bio

PAUL WHITE was born in 1983 in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. For the last 15 years he has been working worldwide across the dance and theatre industry as a performer, collaborator, lecturer and choreographer.

Paul has recently joined Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as a guest performer. He also travels regularly to and from Australia for different projects and events, and is currently touring; The OracleAnatomy of an Afternoon, and In Glass. (see links below)

Please feel free to contact Paul through this website with any enquiries or comments.

phone:              +49  (0)  151 2694 3388   (Germany)

+61  (0)  410 616 775   (Australia)

email:                contact@paulwhite.com

postal:               5487 Bay Hill Terrace, Sanctuary Cove, QLD 4212, Australia

Paul is one of Australia’s most highly regarded dance artists. Starting out as a commercial dancer in Queensland, his career as a performer and artistic collaborator has since included working with some of the art form’s most renowned choreographers and directors such as Meryl Tankard, Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre), Nigel Jamieson,  Tanja Liedtke, Narelle Benjamin and Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre).

Paul has five times been recognised with awards as a performer and choreographic collaborator by the Australian Dance Awards and Helpmann Awards for outstanding achievement.

Paul is in high demand as a collaborator and has a substantial history of teaching for companies, individuals, organisations and universities worldwide including Australian Dance Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, and Sydney Dance Company and many more. He also extends his skills and interests to the development of short film festivals, television, and KungFu.

Paul was the recipient of a scholarship for the 2009 – 2011 SCOPE program.

In 2011, Paul performed In Glass for the Dance Massive Melbourne festival, worked as Assistant Choreographer to Meryl Tankard for the Leipzig Oper Ballet, and toured The Oracle, a solo work co-choreographed with Meryl Tankard, to festivals in Lyon, and Montpellier.

He has begun 2012 by premiering a new solo work Anatomy of an Afternoon in the Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House co-choreographed with Martin Del Amo, performing The Oracle in the Holland Dance Festival and producing the 3rd Short Shorts film festival in Sydney. For the remainder of 2012 he will continue to work in Europe leading workshops and touring The Oracle and will return a number of times to Australia to collaborate on various Australian projects.

Additional information:

Paul White’s commercial credits include Inneurve at Jupiters Casino, and roles of ensemble member and Dance Captain for the Pirates of Penzance.

In 2001, Paul joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) under the directorship of Garry Stewart, during which time he was involved in numerous creative developments, national and international tours. He choreographed two works and directed a short film for the company’s annual Ignition Season.  Since leaving ADT he returned as a guest dancer for the final Australian national tour of Birdbrain and the company’s London season of HELD.

In 2004 Paul joined London’s DV8 Physical Theatre for the development and worldwide touring of Just For Show. In 2006 he worked as a guest for three months in Venezuelan dance company Danzahoy and performed Exodo at the Joyce Theatre, New York.

Paul returned to Australia to participate in the Honour Bound project (Sydney Opera House/ Malthouse Theatre) and to perform in Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor.   He also worked with Tanja on the initial development of construct, and performed in the premiere season of the work at the Southbank Centre, London.  Also in 2007 Paul lectured at the Australian College of Physical Education in dance and choreography, and created a short piece for the fourth year graduation performance.

In 2008 he performed construct for the Sydney Festival, participated in a Performance Space Residency, a Critical Path development with Meryl Tankard, the development of a new work The Red Room for David Hughes Dance Edinburgh, Scotland, choreographed a short piece for Quantum Leap ACT, and danced for Narelle Benjamin in In Glass.

In 2009 Paul toured the UK, USA, Israel, Canada and regional Australia with Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor and construct.  He also appeared on the USA’s Super Stars of Dance and in collaboration with Meryl Tankard choreographed a solo piece The Oracle, which he performed at the Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatres.

Paul has a substantial history of teaching for companies, individuals, organisations and universities worldwide including Australian Dance Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, and Sydney Dance Company and many more.

Paul was the recipient of a scholarship for the 2009 – 2011 SCOPE program, and has held the 2009 NSW State Champion title for sports aerobics.

For 2010, Paul performed in Happy As Larry (Shaun Parker) and also directed a successful community event, Short Shorts Film Festival. Also in 2010 Paul expanded his choreographic experience by making a 30-minute dance piece for the Queensland University of Technology and by choreographing for the Australian So You Think You Can Dance. Paul also danced In Glass at the Sydney Opera House’s Spring Dance Festival.

Also in 2010 Paul held a two-week intensive workshop for the Masters students at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Frankfurt, Germany, and collaborated with Perth’s Alice Lee Holland on her new project Tiny Little Tradgedies. He has since returned twice to the Hochschule to present more workshops.