As a choreographic practioner, Emma’s practice continuously questions whether dance can achieve the often-complex connections between the human and non-human. Emma’s dialogues with textiles, image, object, and scholarship serves her questioning continuum of what the dancing form can be.
Emma’s residency takes the opportunity to critically engage with themes that emerged from her recent choreographic development From Here, Together (2022) and installation HERE, THERE, AGAIN which was part of the exhibition, #FEAS Unfinished Business (2022). Working in the continuum of these projects the residency seeks to refine Emma’s methodology of slow choreography, as framework that provides a sustained form of attention to the relational realties of material, concepts, and bodies. This focus not only builds on Emma’s artistic explorations but also directly informs and is informed by her PhD research on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (ARC): Understanding and addressing everyday sexisms in Australian universities.
Emma strives for this time to be open, finding rigour in the fluidity of creative exploration. A daily responsive process across movement, drawing and text will ground each day. From there Emma will experiment with textile mapping, slow video portraiture & choreographic writing, slowly accumulating ways corporeal matter can engage with social phenomena, giving form to what is otherwise fleeting.
Emma will have her studio door open to the public Monday 5 – Friday 9 December, 11am–3pm.