Photo: Paulina Rucarba 


Paulina Ruiz Carballido (Rucarba) (MX) is a dancer, performer, videographer, researcher, choreographer and improviser. Born in Oaxaca, México and based in Paris, France.

Paulina studied dance from childhood in México. With a Scholarship of Excellence in Humanities, she obtained her BFA in Dance at Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (UDLAP) in 2008, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 2013, she obtained a Master’s degree in Dance Research with her thesis "L'écran comme espace chorégraphique. Etude sur l'approche cinématographique de la danse dans les œuvres de Maya Deren-Talley Beatty "A study in choreography for camera" et Merce Cunningham-Charles Atlas "Locale" at Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis, supported by an award from the National Fund for the Arts and Culture, México, 2010-2012. (FONCA-CONACYT), graduating "Mention Trés bien", Suma Cum Laude.

In 2015, she obtained a Diploma D.E Contemporary Dance Professeur from CND: Centre National de la Danse Pantin, France.

In her work she is always pursuing different approaches towards creation while balancing with a constant research on Human Condition and Social Commentary. She's interested in collective scenic creation dealing with the poetics of the body, the human condition, movement, space, memory and the transdisciplinary interactions between art, science, technology, nature and society. She hopes to collaborate and participate with different artistic disciplines in rigorous search for answers to questions concerning the poetics of the body.

She has worked and works with various artist presented her collaborations in national and international festivals in Chili, México, Cuba, Germany, England, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland and France. Since 2009 Ximena Monroy (director) and Paulina (associate artist) have produced and directed “Agite y Sirva” – Touring screendance festival in México and with Jean-Baptiste Fave in France, which was founded as promotion, formation and research network for the screendance field through an annual tour offering screenings, video-installations, workshops, lectures and discussion tables. Each year we launch a screendance programme of artists from 25 countries to be screened in Latin American and European cities.

She was part of the residency “For the End of the World” in Bern, Switzerland 2012 and since then she has been active in «Sweet & Tender Collaborations» an artist-driven initiative that focuses on self-organization of artistic processes and production and emphasizes collaborative forms of working. She was part of The Canadian Dance Assembly 6th National Conference October 20-22, 2012 in Ottawa. CDA's National Conference is inspired by the intersection of pluralism and technology in a rapidly changing environment. The same year, she was part of "I.F. O.N.L.Y" Festival in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre in Ireland.

Paulina was jury with Douglas Rosenberg and Priscilla Guy of the International Screendance Festival in North Carolina, directed by D. Rosenberg.

She is awarded by Programa Jóvenes Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes y el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, México (2014-2015).

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