Workshop with Emily Aoibheann


We have made a decision to cancel the workshop with Emily Aoibheann this Sunday 15th March, this is in line with the Government advising against non-essential gatherings due to Covid-19.

Programmed by Junk Ensemble, Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane

OBJECT DANCE – A workshop with Emily Aoibheann

What challenges and opportunities do we experience when we introduce objects and textures to our physical performance practice? How do we create new choreographies that consider the object as a dancer, rather than as an inanimate frame containing a more primary idea. 

In this workshop, Emily Aoibheann will share methodologies and approaches for creating with objects (sculpture, music, texture, text and dance) as an integrative performance practice that challenges conventional approaches to performance design. 

Drawing inspiration from bio-technology and philosophies on microbial and ecological paradigms, the workshop uses aerial fabric to explore objects, textures and surfaces, in multiple dimensions and directions. This workshop is suitable for dancers, aerialists, visual artists, designers, philosophers and scientists. Considering our relationship with each other and the world, as semi-permeable and symbiotic, the workshop offers unconventional and creative ways of thinking, perceiving and making.

EMILY AOIBHEANN is an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Although her expertise lies in circus and aerial, her varied background leads to a creative, collaborative and original integration of multiple art forms.

A pioneer of aerial dance in Ireland, Emily co-founded award winning PaperDolls Performance Company in 2010. She went on to produce Object Piggy in 2014/15 and presented internationally in Prague and Macedonia with Papaveracea. In 2017 she collaboarted with artist Liing Heaney on work in progress Smiling Devil as part of Dublin Theatre Festival’s In Development strand. Emily continued working with Liing to create a twin production project on civilisation and nature in 2019. Part one, Sorry Gold is an experimental design and aerial dance performance which premiered at Project Arts Centre, as part of Dublin Fringe Festival in September, followed by part two, Mother of Pearl, at Project Arts Centre in November. Mother of Pearl marked a change in Emily’s orientation on aerial as central to her work, instead focusing on aspects of music, dance and the art of handbalance for this production.

Emily is co-founder of Cat’s Paw Experimental Aerial Dance Meeting, the second of which is due to take place in KoŇ°ice, Slovakia in January 2020. Emily is founder and director of Creation Aerial Research & Ideas Studio in Dublin.