About Me

IMG_1333I am a dance researcher and movement artist living and working between Berlin and Helsinki. My work focuses on site-specific movement practices and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

I explore contemporary outdoor dance practices in the light of new materialist thought and collaborate with materials of many different orders as active agents in the creation of movement, performance making, daily life practices and sense making.

My artistic practice is rooted in Amerta Movement and I work through movement research labs in rural and urban outdoor locations that include writing, mark-making, clay, photography and video.

In 2015 I completed my practice-as-research PhD at Coventry University, available for download here.

Site-specific performance, awareness based improvisation, somatic practices and a postgraduate degree in Political Sciences (FU Berlin) all influence my work. Bettina Mainz (Berlin), Helen Poynor (UK) and Suprapto Suryodarmo (Java) have been (and are) significant teachers and mentors for me. Both Bettina Mainz and Helen Poynor are connected to Amerta Movement and have trained intensively with Suprapto in Java and Europe.

I am currently a member of the European Research Network ADiE – Artistic Doctorates in Europe. I have in the past contributed to the AHRC research networks ROCK/BODY – Performative interfaces between the geologic and the body (2016) and Performance Footprint, Reflecting on Environmental Change through Site-Based Performance (2010 – 2011). I am a board member of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and have been editorial assistant of the journal between 2010 and 2012.

I am deeply committed to develop and participate in research structures that allow for collective thinking and provide spaces for testing and discussing practice-based and qualitative research methods. I have thus co-initiated AREAL (the artistic research lab Berlin) as a platform for professional dancers and dance academics to co-practice, adapt and disseminate practice-as-research in dance. In 2014 I was selected to participate in the Mellon Dance Summer Seminar at Stanford University (US).


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paula [at] paulakramer.de