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Paul White & Narelle Benjamin

Cella   

Paul White

Australian born dance-artist Paul White has been living in Germany since 2011. Until 2017 he was employed by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, as the first dancer to join the company after Bausch’s death.

His twenty-year long career as a performer and artistic collaborator includes engagements with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, DV8 Physical Theatre, Tanja Liedtke, Nigel Jamieson, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Narelle Benjamin, Kristina Chan, Martin Del Amo and Danzahoy. He is the recipient of multiple national and international awards for his performance and choreographic work.

Paul is the Honorary Patron of Tanzrauschen Wuppertal, a dance-on-film society founded in Wuppertal and is a founding member of the Free Arts Scene Society, Germany. Paul is a Wisdom Course Leader Apprentice for Landmark Worldwide, a company providing personal growth and development programs.

In 2019, Paul is looking forward to a number of choreography projects and is thrilled about further presentations of Cella.

Narelle Benjamin

Cella with performer Paul White was inspired by somatic research explored as part of Narelle’s Australia Council Fellowship in 2014-15. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch included excerpts of Cella (Latin for cell) as part of their choreographic season Underground in July 2016. Cella premiered at the COLOURS International Dance Festival in Stuttgart in 2017 followed by an Australian premiere in Carriageworks for Sydney Festival 2018.

Narelle has danced with many Australian and international choreographers during her career, including Australian Dance Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre and was a founding member of Chunky Move. Narelle has choreographed for the Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet as well as her own independent works including In Glass (2011 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance) and Hiding In Plain Sight (2015 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography).