Paula Guzzanti is an Argentinean dance artist and scholar based in Malta. She specialises in artistic and somatic research. Her performance work develops in collaboration with sound artists and musicians. In her research practice she works at the intersections of movement and voice improvisation, collaborative performance-making, and affect theory, applied to socially engaged projects.
Paula completed her practice-as research PhD project at Queen’s University Belfast. In her thesis she explored the way the affective experiences of improvising with others get articulated in collaborative performance-making.
In 2019, Paula won the Higginson Leadership Award of the year to facilitate a dance and well-being project for Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica, which is documented in her award-winning screendance film 'The Broken Body' (2021). Paula is currently working on a collaborative artistic research project investigating the role of the sensorial body in sustainable development, using somatic and new digital media technologies.
Paula is the Head of the Dance Studies Department of the University of Malta. Her teaching portfolio includes 'Technology and Interdisciplinary Performance', 'Dance and the Camera', and 'Professional Practice and Performance'.