Paulina Colmenares is a Mexico based experimental dance maker, director and educator. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Dance from Universidad de las Américas Puebla (2005) and a Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Making and Performance from University of California San Diego (2020. She has shared her choreographic work in several international dance festivals in Mexico like Festival Internacional de Puebla, Festival 5 de Mayo, Humánitas Oaxaca, Muestra Internacional de Danza Oaxaca, Performática, Día Internacional de la Danza etc. As well as in numerous institutional and independent venues both in Mexico and the United States.
Her choreographic work has been supported by the PECDA Puebla Grant of Mexico on three occasions: Young Creators (2011), Creators over 30 years old (2014) and Consolidated Creator (2019). She's also been a recipient of the FUNDACIÓN INBA/CONACYT award and fellowship (2018-2020) for the development of high- quality human resource in the arts abroad. She is currently part time faculty at the dance and theater undegraduate programs of Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and continues her work as an independent artist.
Her research focuses on the possible interactions between dance making and contemporary improvisational forms_ posthumanist notions about body, making and performativity-, the poetic and philosophical narrative of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, somatic practices and contemplative traditions; particularly yoga, and Dzogchen Buddhism.