I am a dance professional based in Lisbon and I specialized in contemporary dance; I have recently finished my PHD research about the dance, new media and the performing arts, with Middlesex University in the UK. I also write dance reviews and articles about cultural projects and collaborate with a local community dance project in Portugal.
Paula Varanda has developed a professional career in the field of dance, working in different areas such as choreography, performance, teaching, production and writing. She has collaborated with several organizations on the management of public events and publications in the performing arts sector, researching cultural policies, as well as developing international networking and local community projects.
She has an MA on Choreography and Performing Arts from Middlesex University (London, 2003) and graduated from Escola Superior de Dança (Upper School of Dance, Lisbon, 1994). During the academic year of 2010/2011 she was associate teacher at this same school for the Master’s degree in contemporary choreography, lecturing at the new technologies workshop. In 2008 she enrolled again in Middlesex University as a research student for PhD (awarded in January 2016), funded by the Portuguese branch of Gulbenkian Foundation (2008/2010) and by the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal from 2011 onwards.
For the Portuguese newspaper Público she writes dance reviews since 2004 and has published occasionally with other editors (European Festivals Association 2015, Companhia Paulo Ribeiro 2015, Alkantara 2010, Daniel Tércio 2009, Obscena 2008 and 2010, Animated 2004). In February 2012 Editora Caleidoscópio published her book Dançar é Crescer about the work of choreographer Aldara Bizarro and Project Respira.
During 2004-07 she has worked at the Institute for the Arts of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture as a dance consultant. Between 2008 and 2014, she directed Dansul – a network dance project in the southeast of Portugal, offering classes, workshops, performances and choreographic research to the local population.