Cirio Collective

Choreography - Creation - Collaboration

A collective created by Jeffrey and Lia Cirio to explore and develop new choreography

Paul Craig

Paul Craig began his dance and performance training at The Conservatory of Dance inManistee, Michigan. He received the Garold Gardner Scholarship to train at Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of Petrus Bosman and Tyrone Brooks. Paul was awarded the Virginia School of the Arts Merit Award and the Virginia School of the Arts Deans Award upon graduating. He then spent a year at Boston Ballet School as a trainee before joining Boston Ballet II in 2007. He joined the Corps de Ballet in 2008  and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2014. Recently, Paul was promoted to soloist in the middle of Boston Ballet's 2015/2016 season.

Paul’s Boston Ballet classical repertory includes Paris in Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Florence Clerc’s “La Bayadere”, Kudelka’s “Cinderella”, Mikko Nissinen’s “Swan Lake” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” He has also danced featured roles in Robbins' “Fancy Free”, Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia”, Balanchine’s “Divertimento No. 15”, “The Four Temperaments”, “Rubies”, and “Theme and Variations”, Kylian’s “Bella Figura”, “Wings of Wax” and “Petite Mort”, Forsythe’s “The Second Detail”, and Jorma Elo’s “Double Evil”, “Brake the Eyes”, “Slice to Sharp”, and “Carmen”.

Paul first met Jeffrey at the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program in 2006. They trained together in Boston Ballet School and have danced along side each other in Boston Ballet. They have performed numerous roles together including Legat’s “Fairy Doll”, Balanchine’s “Who Cares”, Ekman’s “Cacti”, and Robbins' “Fancy Free.” He performed with Jeffrey and his sister, Lia, at the World Ballet Competition Gala in 2011 and 2012. Paul has danced in both of Jeffrey's works, "Surface to Air" and "of Trial" and was also featured in Jeffrey's "fremd" in spring 2015 for Boston Ballet. Paul created music for Jeffrey's piece "Surface to Air" and also was featured in and created the voice over and sound distortion for Jeffrey's Collective piece "MiniM." Paul will continue to collaborate with Jeffrey on many future endeavors of the Collective.

Photo: Roberto Matteo Photography