Paulina DEL CARMEN
Dancer

Paulina received a grant to participate in the Camping project organized by the Centre National de la Danse.

 

What is your artistic background?

I can say that dance and music have been a very important part of my life since I was born, as even though there are no professional dancers in my family, movement and rhythm have always been in my surroundings. I started ballet when I was 15 years old. At 17, I was accepted to the Boston Ballet School and was later granted a scholarship to be part of the pre-professional program at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory in Connecticut, USA, from where I graduated as a ballerina and contemporary dancer in 2009. After that, I joined a circus company in Mexico City where I worked as an aerial dancer. In 2012 I felt drawn to the contemporary dance world again, so I joined the Mexican company Apoc Apoc, while performing with other companies on the dance scene in Mexico. In 2013, I joined Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea where I have been working since.   

 

How do you see your profession today?

I live in a country with many social needs. I constantly have to ask myself if my profession brings any change and if it truly reflects and understands the context in which I live. I truly believe in movement as a way to give meaning, change perspectives and enrich our reality. I have been dancing and performing for a big part of my life and now I find myself searching for new meanings, new necessities, in order to keep the honesty that dance requires of one to exist.   

 

How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?

In five years, I see myself having a wider perspective of the dance scene in Latin America, I would really like to learn and see more from South America specially. I see myself composing, creating new pieces and working in Mexico with kids from disadvantaged areas of the country.

 

This interview was conducted in 2017

Photo credit: Céline Anaya Gautier