Paula Lay is a performer and choreographer working across film and live performance. She was awarded the Dr Phillip Law scholarship in 2009 to work with company Zikzira Physical Theatre (Brazil) to create the dance film The Great Frost. Paula has also worked with independent Australian choreographers Brooke Stamp (Reverb 2009), Rennie McDougall (Supertone, Next Wave Festival 2012) and Carlee Mellow (Simmer 2010).Paula’s solo commissioned works include dance film SALT for Next Wave Festival 2010, an Artshouse CultureLAB solo grant, and a two-part solo work for WELL Theatre One eye the moon, One eye the sun.
As an Australia Council Artstart recipient in 2010 she undertook a mentorship with Ros Warby and worked with TRACKS dance at the Darwin Festival (Allure of Paradise). Paula was selected to be an Artist-in-residence at the Taipei Artist Village in May/June 2014 to research the body’s relationship to place and to create a 2-channel video installation work Body & Memory exhibited at Treasure Hill Artist Village.
Paula is currently completing a Masters in Fine Arts (Dance) under scholarship at the University of Melbourne (VCA) where she is researching the experiential body in performance.