Paul Michael Henry

I am an Irish Scottish dancer, musician and performance artist. My work is informed by Butoh dance, punk rock and ritual, and is performed all over the world. Recent projects include SHRIMP DANCE at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 (a multimedia dance work exploring the links between anti-depressants, ecological crisis and late capitalism), touring the United States with Laughter at Being Crushed, performing in in France and Japan, and two new dance films, My Whole Face Sort of Fell Off and Excuse Me I Am Expanding. I am currently working towards a PhD at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, researching techniques for shifting our sense of self from Individual-Consumer to Interdependent-Ecological.

My themes are political, social & spiritual, dealing with love, neglect of the body, destruction of the environment and atrophy of the soul in consumerist society.

I am also Artistic Director and creator of UNFIX, an evolving and experimental festival platforming ecologically committed performance, dance, music, film and discussion. UNFIX is intended as a contribution to the waking up of the human species to our predicament in an age of climate change, massive inequality and crazy consumerism. It is based in Glasgow and is ongoing here and in New York City, Bologna, and Tokyo.

I teach regular Butoh dance workshops called The Dreaming Body at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

“Utterly compelling, the astonishingly talented Henry has much to say¨ - Glasgow Theatre Blog

“A singular talent of grace and power" – Lorna Irvine (reviewer for the List and Exuent)

“Henry attacks the challenge of moving with uncompromising intention with rigour." **** - the Skinny

“Paul Michael Henry is a disciplined, creative and unique performer to Scotland and I have not seen his like in Europe in fact.“ – Morag Deyes (Artistic Director, Dance Base Edinburgh)