Irina Pauls, born in Leipzig in 1961, received her dance training at the Palucca Schule Dresden. She then studied choreography at the “Hans Otto” Theatre Academy in Leipzig. In 1985-89 she was engaged as ballet master and choreographer at the Landestheater Altenburg.
In 1990 she took over the direction of the newly founded Tanztheater at Schauspiel Leipzig, for which she created a total of 15 world premieres until its dissolution in 1998. She created guest choreographies for companies of other theatres, such as Schauspiel Essen, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Munich.
In 1998-99 she was director of the Dance Theatre at the Staatstheater Oldenburg. She also created free works for non-theatrical spaces, including for the Grassi Museum and the Glass Hall of the Neue Messe in Leipzig.
Since the 2000/01 season, she has directed the TanzTheater Irina Pauls company at the Theater Heidelberg.
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