Paul Selwyn Norton

STRUT Dance, Director WA, Australia


Paul Selwyn Norton was raised in Africa and the West Indies and has been a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher for the past 27 years. As a rather wild and untamed thing, he ‘hunted and gathered’ his way up to the Batsheva Dance Company and William Forsythe’s prestigious Ballet Frankfurt.

As a choreographer, Paul initially worked under the auspices of Dance House Korzo in the Netherlands and after a series of successful productions, set up his own foundation ‘no apology’ in 2003. These productions then went on to tour extensively in most of the major global dance festivals receiving a range of National and International prizes.

Commissions include Batsheva Dance Company, Frankfurt Ballet, Pretty/Ugly Dance Company, Galili Dance. His Australian works are to be seen at Chunky Move, Stalker Theatre and String’s Attached.

Paul taught choreographic practice to both undergraduate and post-graduate students in Amsterdam and Rotterdam Academy of Performing Arts and has worked as a freelance consultant and dramaturge.

His work with the Duda Paiva Company has also seen a radical addition to his practice through a combination of puppetry, dance and live media.

As Director of STRUT Dance, Paul has now positioned the organisation to become the national choreographic centre based in Perth, Western Australia

Paul is an avid gardener, SCUBA diver instructor and writer of children’s literature.