Emily Aoibheann at Dance House

Emily Aoibheann at Dance House

—Posted in July, 2017

During her residency at Dance House, Emily Aoibheann will be joined by aerialists Nicole A'Court-Stuart (UK) and Danny Tavori (Israel), regular collaborator and muse Annique Van Nikierk and dancer Oona Doherty. 

The residency is part of an ongoing research project developing new methodologies and approaches to aerial movement and performance.

The project began with the idea of circus as industrial residue, observing how aerialists rely on industrial technology for this special type of dance, and considering the use of industrial technology in circus more broadly. This has included conversations with fabricators working with steel, iron and other materials such as rope and in an Anthropomorphic Structures collaboration with architect Dominic Stevens, the staff and students of the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

Emily's research brought her through the equipment back into the body, primarily utilising exercises developed in collaboration with dancer Oona Doherty and Aoife McAtamney as well as employing approaches from body worker Liz Koch and choreographer Nacera Belaza among others. Understanding the object (apparatus) as being a conduit to universal force, i.e. having a minimalist language, Emily observes similar and diverse movement within the body and finally and most potently has followed the concept up, through the roof, into outer space, proposing aerial dance as a cosmological practice. This aspect of the research has been explored in consultation with astrologer Madeleine Botet De Lacaze, tarot reader and 'witch on Instagram' Mai Vi and physicist Shane Bergin. 

The residency will be the first phase of applying these ideas in real time to construct a performance. Following on from this, Emily will present a work in progress production Smiling Devil at Dublin Theatre Festival in October. All findings and outcomes of the research are being documented for future publication. 

For more details or enquiries, contact Emily here:

More info:
Dance House
Dublin Theatre Festival


Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017 - Fri 4 Aug 2017

Venue: DanceHouse  

This project is made possible through funding by the Arts Council Circus Project Award.

Image by Juan Luis Gonzalez 

About Emily

Emily Aoibheann is an aerialist and artist from Dublin, Ireland. She began her aerial career in 2010 as co-founder and director of PaperDolls Performance Company. Drawing inspiration from a background in music and underground performance, resourcefulness, collaboration, conceptual and interdisciplinary elements resonate strongly in her work. She currently produces experimental aerial and non-aerial performance and film under the moniker Dying Breeds, and as educator/director of Creation Aerial school.

In 2012, Emily co-designed and directed the award-winning Constellations with PaperDolls. In 2014/ 2015 she received funding from the Arts Council to develop and present Object Piggy, which premiered at Tiger Dublin Fringe, September 2015. Object Piggy won the Judges Choice Award and received nominations for Best Production and Best Design the same year. In 2015, Emily presented work with Papaveraceae, at the Prague Quadrennial of Scenography, Performance Design and Space and subsequently at IMPACT Festival in Macedonia.