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Emma Jayne Park

Emma is a performer, creator, curator and researcher currently based in Annandale. Their work is best described as a series of attempts to narrow the gaps between ideology and actions. A combination of making, thinking, and doing - often linked to the socio-political or the seemingly absurd - exploring belonging, intimacy, fallibility and disruption.

Their practice invests more in people, values and context than definable form. Meaning that it always starts in the body but can become anything: dance, conversation, games, installation, cartography, poetry, geo-caching and more. Emma either works with instantly implementable ideas (Daily Dancing) or decade long enquiries that are sometimes resourced enough to be fully realised (Epic Fail). They have toured with a range of work invested in connection beyond the transactional, including creating intimate performance for the living rooms of people with immunodeficiency or anxiety disorders, with musician Nik-Paget Tomlinson. Since 2019 their international work has focussed on long term collaboration and sustainability - including a growing partnership with Yaraqa (Lebanon) and as facilitator of the Global Cultural Relations Programme (Brussels).

As an artist often distracted by survival, Emma is known to work closely with those aiming to grow a more equitable industry: as an activist, cultural strategist and developing creative opportunities to build change as Associate Artist with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
Address: Gretna
Org Type: Producing Company/Individual
Work Produced: Dance

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