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Paea Leach

Choreographer

Paea is a dancer, performer, writer, teacher and choreographer based in Melbourne. She is one of the three artists who have been commissioned for Chunky Move’s 2014 Next Move program, It Cannot Be Stopped.

Paea’s practice is based in somatic research, improvisation and iyengar yoga. It is fed by a combination of working with choreographers, imagining and producing her own works and daily writing practice. Paea has worked with Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre, Perth Theatre Co, Baryana Popov (Melbourne) PVC in Germany and for Eastman (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) in Belgium. She has been funded to create her own work and has performed and taught nationally and internationally.

Paea has made works for WAAPA, independent dance seasons (STRUT, Lucky Trimmer, IOU Sydney) for LINK dance co, Company Loaded among others. She has cultivated collaborative projects such as the solos (2004 – 2006) and the economy of loss (2011) with Sam Fox and Jo Pollitt. She has been collaborating for five years with Perth based improviser and writer Jo Pollitt  – making Quiet beast (2012), Amplified beast (2013), Divided (2013) and the distance project (2009). She was the recipient of an Asialink Grant in 2011, spending three months with dancers in Cambodia creating thin white line and recently completed a new work Immerse at Fontys Academy, Holland. She returned to Australia to recommence working with Chunky Move under the direction of Anouk Van Dijk. She will present a solo as part of Dance meets Music at the Conservatorium in Sydney in May in collaboration with Dr Jodie McNeilly.

She trained at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA @ ECU) in Perth, Australia, gaining her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and then Honours degree (1999 and 2001).