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Almanac 2016: Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre) (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Almanac 2016: Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre) (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Ever left a performance discussing what YOU would have done differently? #thesolofilter is an opportunity to remake a performance into the piece you wish you had seen. Five audience members are invited to respond to a short performance through re-authoring it on the original cast over a ninety-minute period, an intimate process voyeuristically opened to a wider audience in an open rehearsal installation. These series of works are then structured to form a flowing performance that is presented to a live audience followed by a post show discussion of the research and work. #thesolofilter is an ongoing creative practice and research project designed by Emma Jayne Park to challenge artists whilst supporting the development of a more rigorous dialogue around performance. Not limited to the re-authoring of solo work the process allows a choreographer the opportunity to see their work filtered through the lens of other artists, audience members and even critics to give a greater sense of how people experience what they create. The process developed following an intensive period training with Liz Lerman and David Gordon (2012), transforming Emma into a strong advocate for Critical Response Process and its ability to support the development of a more rigorous yet objective dialogue around art. However, in encountering the practice of CRP Emma determined the need of some viewers to present a bolder and more subjective form of feedback, at the risk of possibly challenging the artists and their own ego. For more detailed information please visit our website.

Production History:
Dance Base, Edinburgh. The Work Room, (Tramway) Glasgow. Platform, Glasgow. Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen. Citymoves Studio, Aberdeen. Chapter, Cardiff.


Artistic Statement:
Carrying the innate values of hip hop culture whilst exploring new territories in theatre, EJP makes socio-political work with the intention of creating genuine dialogue. ‘High Octane… energetic, witty & playful’ (The Skinny), her practice asks audiences to engage through questioning their own social norms. Following Scottish contemporary dance training, EJP completed an internship at DNA, Manhattan and apprenticeship with Company Chordelia. She has since worked with practitioners such as Conflux (Ricardo Puccetti/ Patrick Nolan), Ocean All Over, Angus Balbernie, Norman Douglas, Freshmess, Barrowland Ballet, Gibert Deflo and Gary Clarke. Committed to developing her creative voice, EJP has travelled across Europe learning intensively from artists such as Alan Greig, Ivo Dimchev, Katie Duck, Rasmus Olme, David Gordon, Liz Lerman, Nicole Piesl and Alva Noe. Further receiving mentorship from Christine Devaney, Jonzi D and Jonathan Burrows through the choreographic development initiatives of Breakin’ Convention. Although branding her work dance theatre, EJP explores spoken word, physical theatre, immersive techniques and interdisciplinary collaboration to strengthen the quality and communication of her work. Each piece takes a unique form focussed on generating a powerful experience and occasionally walking the line between dance and live art. Founding Cultured Mongrel as a means to impact the arts world beyond simply touring work, she has established several unique working practices with a focus on supporting creative development, pushing the form and sustaining the sector.






Photo by: See Imagine Define – 2015 (as part of Dance Live Festival)

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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