About Emily

About Emily

I am an Irish artist, dancer and director. My varied background leads to collaborative and original integration of multiple art forms crossing cultural contexts. Often realised with a broad artistic and technical team, my expertise in aerial dance and contemporary circus acts as a lens through which to explore ideas and disciplines of all kinds. My work incorporates significant aspects of mixed media visual arts, dance, design, music and writing. I create sensorial performance, media and mentorship, merging forms in experimental and collaborative ways through circus-inspired and musical dramaturgy.

My current work includes the following productions in development: multimedia production Turrus and a series of work relating to Ireland: Inheritance, A Year of the Heart and The Flag. As a dancer, choreographer and aerial performer, I have recently contributed to work by the following artists: Ali Clarke Multitudes: Vessel (2022); Hazel Cardew, A Linear Language (2022/ 2023); Niamh Bury and Louise Gaffney Discovery (2023). My work is supported by the Arts Council Arts Grant Fund (2022/2023), as a Markievicz Award recipient (2022), Animation Ireland Immersive Innovation Award (2022/2023), Fingal County Council Artists' Support Scheme (2022), Dance Ireland Hatch Award, and as a visiting artist at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Courthouse Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre, co. Wicklow. 

I direct and curate the Experimental Circus Award, a programme which supports intellectually engaged and unconventional circus practice in Ireland, founded in 2021.

Portrait by Emilia Pasón, Mermaid Arts Centre, 2021