Spotlight: Paul Liburd MBE BBO DTLLS, Contemporary Dance Tutor
21st December 2022
Our next Rambert School spotlight is Contemporary Dance tutor, Paul Liburd. Paul was born in Leeds and studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance. He was a member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Irek Mukhamadov & Dancers, Rambert Dance Company and Scottish Ballet as a soloist.
On leaving Scottish Ballet, Paul was a guest artist with Phoenix Dance Theatre, David Hughes Dance Productions & Simon Rice’s Abundance. Paul has danced works by some of the world’s most prominent contemporary-modern choreographers. Amongst those are Bruce, Kylian, Ek, Cunningham, McGregor, Tharp, van Manen, Taylor, Page, Petronio, Forsythe, Alston, Bonachela, Naharin, Tetley, de Frutos, Davis, Cohan, North, Tudor, Armitage, Brown, Balanchine, Robbins, Pastor, Kemp, Clarke and Baldwin.
Paul has taught at a number of UK dance schools, and has guest tutored at Phoenix Dance Theatre, Michael Clarke Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company, David Hughes Dance, Rambert Dance Company and Yorke Dance Project.
Q – Paul, tell us a little more about your role at Rambert School
A – I have been part of the teaching faculty at Rambert school for eight years now.
My role at the school is teaching one of the contemporary styles, more specifically, the Graham-based element, in the student’s training.
My career as a dancer spanned both contemporary dance and ballet and I have the pleasure of also teaching ballet to the third years, bringing a modern twist to my ballet class.
My time at the school has also brought the opportunity to re-stage works on the second year’s recreating works from Robert Cohan, Dan Wagoner, Rafael Bonachela and a couple of works by Christopher Bruce. Seeing works come alive on the Rambert students has always been a highlight in year.
Q – What is your favourite thing about Rambert School?
A – Rambert attracts students from around the world that bring cultural and stylistic differences to the school. We have the opportunity to learn from both students and teachers, making the studio a vibrant environment to learn and create in.
Q – Tell us something we may not know about you?
A – I am a lover banana’s.
Photo credit: Paul Liburd (c) Robbie McFadzean/Royal Coservatoire of Scotland