B i o g r a p h y
Paulina Quinteros graduated from WAAPA and joined Paul Mercurio's Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE) as a dancer.
She has won both the Peggy van Praagh Award for Choreography and the Sir Robert Helpmann Award for Professional Choreography, received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Australia Council and two Choreographic Fellowships from the Choreographic Centre in Canberra.
She has created numerous works for festivals and companies including Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, The Australian Dance Awards, Carnivale, WAAPA, VCA, UNSW, Bondi Ballet.
She collaborated with Australian composer Ross Edwards for the awarding of the Sydney Peace Prize to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and choreographed Edwards' Oboe Concerto.
In 2014 Paulina won the NSW AICD Dance Creation choreographic competition allowing her work 'Golijov's Yearning' to be presented at Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre.
In 2015 Paulina was invited by Artistic Director Li Cunxin to work with Queensland Ballet choreographing two new works for their 2016 Dance Dialogues season.
2016 she travelled to Perth to work at WAAPA choreographing a new work "The Circus of Dreams".
On the 23rd of September 2016, Paulina presented her premiere season of "La Choreografia" and launched her newly formed dance company "Danza del Arte" at the Everest Theatre at The Seymour Centre.
"La Choreografia" won 2016 Sydney Fringe Dance Award, and received a wonderful review from Jill Sykes published in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Review Jill Sykes
Everest Theatre, September 23, 2016
LA CHOREOGRAFIA ★★★★½ Bold, brave venture ranges from acrobatic to balletic.
Subsequently Paulina was invited to present her work to the Chilean Ambassador Mr Daniel Carvallo, The Trade Commissioner and members of the Australian and Chilean public.
In 2017 Paulina has created two new dance works, "One Glass" and "Illuminae" for this year's event of The Dancer's Directive performance in Sydney NSW.
She was also an adjudicator for the 2017 City of Sydney Eisteddfod as she has done regularly in the past years.
Paulina was invited to choreograph and teach in Singapore in November of 2018 and to create a work for Queensland Ballet’s ‘Aspire’ Season in Sept 2018.
In March 2019 Paulina choreographed a new work for The Australian Ballet’s Gala memorial presented at the State Theatre of Victoria as a tribute in honour of the late Dame Margaret Scott.
Paulina has been invited by Queensland Ballet's Artistic Director Li Cunxin to present this work in 2020 to the Brsibane audiences.
In 2019 Paulina will be choreographing her first full-length dance theatre work DOMUS in collaboration with renowned Australian Composer Elena Kats-Chernin. This work will be premiered in Sydney, followed by performances at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith in 2020 and followed by NSW regional tour.
Paulina is a member of the Australian dance community, has given master classes at Australian Dance Summer Schools, such as the National College of Dance in summer 2019. She is also a well known adjudicator for the yearly Sydney Eisteddfod and has participated in fundraising event such as the Dancers Directive, Water for the Children of Zimbabwe and charity organisations such as MSF, UNICEF and World Vision.
Paulina continues to work tirelessly towards the creation of new work and new artistic opportunities for herself and her collaborators.
Paulina is a dance teacher, a New York certified Pilates instructor since 1999, a Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher since 2006, and an avid Yoga practitioner.