Emily Dobson is a South West based dancer/performer and Dace Artist. Originally from the Midlands she began her training in Contemporary Dance graduating with a BA (Hons) from Bretton Hall University, Yorkshire in 2001.
She has spent the past 10 years performing and working as a freelance education worker across the UK and Northern Ireland. Emily has toured nationally and internationally with dance and theatre companies including Cscape Dance, Attik Dance and Kneehigh Theatre.
Now based in Cornwall Emily continues to work as a performer and dance artist, is an Associate artist of Cscape Dance, Associate Lecturer of Dance at University College Falmouth and co-leads Freefall Dance, a technical dance training house based in Falmouth.
She says :
I'm hugely passionate about being involved in high quality projects that encourages participation and captures the imaginations of all ages, backgrounds and experiences; stepping outside of the typical performance venues performing and creating work with speed boats, on beaches, cliff tops, in bars, gardens and mines always inspires the work generated in multifaceted ways, no matter who or what location the project involves.
My independent work taps into a hub of incredible artists who are based in the South West and across the UK, who's work engages national and international audiences in dance, film and theatre. Visual artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and photographers are part of the evolving core ensemble I work with to produce dance based projects and events for site, screen and theatre.
In Autumn 2011 I ran a research and development project to create and generate new ideas, new work and new collaborative relationships with artists. The project took place at University College Falmouth in their new Performance Centre studios, and was funded by The Arts Council England, Dance South West and supported by University College Falmouth and The Works.
The project was a fantastic way to dig into ideas focused around quality, articulation and performance of movement for potential future work. It offered a chance to test our physicality, aesthetic language and bought together dancers Grace Sellwood and Robert Mennear, filmmaker Brett Harvey (o-region), musicians Sophy Smith (Motionhouse), Luke Robinson and photographer Kevin Clifford. We ran professional morning class, open sharing's of the work produced during the project and are now in the process of developing the work on into 2012.
In January 2012 a scratch performance of Effete, one of the duets developed out of the project was presented at an event alongside other scratch performances and panel discussions hosted by University College Falmouth by local, national and international dance artists including; TRes (Jorge Cresis), Malgven Gerbes and David Brandstaetter, exploring issues around how we watch dance. Using starting points of trust, Effete is a delicate piece about power struggles within a relationship. A comment on the physical and emotional boundaries that are pushed or veered away from with both performers exploring demanding and subtle shifts of control set to a haunting track composed by musician Sophy Smith. Breathe is the second piece currently being developed, which objectifies the want and need for personal space. Drawing inspiration from stark, contrasting volumes of people and the fight for, or abundance of space it's a nod to the repressive feelings reminiscent in crowded spaces to the liberation and exhilaration in freedom.
Both works are currently being developed and performed in the South West into 2012.