Paul Liburd

Paul Liburd MBE BBO DTLLS

Paul Liburd (photo copyright Bill Cooper)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 and Dancers, Rambert Dance Company and Scottish Ballet as a soloist.

On leaving Scottish Ballet Paul was a guest artist Phoenix Dance Theatre, David Hughes Dance Productions and Simon Rice’s Abundance.

Paul has danced works by some of the world’s most prominent contemporary-modern choreographers including 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.

His awards include the Cosmopolitan/Scholl Award in 1985, the BBC Yorkshire Black Achievers Award 1992, Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Male Dancer (2004) (Contemporary) and Critic’s Circle National Dance Award (2009) (The Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer).

He was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to dance.

After a 24 year career, Paul retired from performing and holds a diploma from the British Ballet Organization (BBO DTLLS). In 2014 Paul assisted on the re-staging of Ashley Page’s ‘Alice’ on HNK National Ballet of Croatia.

Paul has taught at a number of UK dance schools and has also guest taught Phoenix Dance Theatre, Michael Clarke Dance Company, Matthew Bourne New Adventures Company, David Hughes Dance, Rambert Dance Company and Yorke Dance Project.