Irina Pauls lives as a freelance choreographer and director in Leipzig. She studied dance at the Palucca Schule Dresden and completed a five-year choreography course at the Hans Otto Theatre Academy in Leipzig.
Pauls has created more than 80 of her own works to date, including numerous dance pieces, performances in public spaces, music theatre and theatre productions. Since 1985 she has directed the dance department at the following theatres: Landestheater Altenburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater Heidelberg, Theater Freiburg. With her ensembles, she has given guest performances at national and international festivals. As a choreographer she has worked for the Panfilow Perm Ballet, the Thessaloniki Theatre Ballet, the CoisCéim Dance Theatre in Dublin, the Moradokmai Theatre Company in Thailand, among others.
Since 2007 Irina Pauls has been working as a freelancer. Working partnerships exist with the theater junge generation in Dresden and the group DasCollectif in Vienna. Recently, Pauls has been developing site-specific performances and productions with an approach to the synthesis of body, music and language.
Pauls gives dance theatre workshops in Germany and abroad, was a jury member in dance and choreography competitions and is currently on the jury for the Saxon Dance Prize. Since 2011 she has held teaching positions at the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Academy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Pauls is a founding member of the Saxon Academy of Arts and the German Werkbund Saxony. She was a visiting professor at the University of Leipzig/ Institute for Theatre Studies.