What next? By Emma Martin

Emma Martin_Tundra © Ros KavanaghConceiving and creating a new work is like capturing the detailed minutiae of a dream, except it’s in the future… I don’t think we surrender ourselves to the wild plains of our imagination enough. Art is about creating an elemental experience of life, which the audience is invited to participate in along with the performers.

Within modul-dance, I’ve had research modules at Art Station Foundation in Poznań, Poland and at Plesna Izba in Maribor, Slovenia; and residencies in CSC Bassano del Grappa, Italy and CDC Toulouse in France.

In Poland, in March 2013, I spent half of my time in Poznań, writing, working alone in the studio, chatting to other artists and spending time with an enthusiastic ethnography student from Adam Mickiewicz University, listening to polish lore and folk stories; and the second half in Warsaw, dwarfed by the wind-chilled, wide grey boulevards, and felt the constant shadow of Stalin’s Palace of Science and Culture, absorbing the vibrations (and -8 degrees celsius temperatures) of this multi war surviving “phoenix city”. Read more of this post

Emma Martin, “Hoffnungstraeger” 2014

Emma Martin has been named by the Tanz Magazine as 1 of the 3 Hoffnungstraeger (“bearers of hope”) 2014 in its yearbook. Read here the whole article in German.

Since the premiere of Tundra last May, the reviews of the project have been excellent. Read here some of them.

Emma Martin’s “Tundra”

Emma Martin_Tundra Luca Truffarelli © Emma Martin Dance 2014 (1)Tundra

In a nameless land, where there’s more darkness than daylight…he sat in the long white hut, at the table, tapping /his mother sat at the back of his mouth and the black sun was born/ the black sun was born

Tundra is a wild and dangerous place inhabited by a cast of outsiders, where tension and absurdity simmer and the unseen world stirs. Reality and fantasy blur as the characters meet their darker selves and strive to escape to an imagined future filled with hope and possibility.

Summoning beauty and transformation, Tundra explores the antagonistic relations between darkness and light and the poetry of heaven and hell erupting in and around all of us, via folklore and surrealist cinema. Emma Martin Dance presents a bold and ambitious show which will open the 10th Dublin Dance Festival, featuring an exciting blend of theatre, live music and dance.

Emma Martin’s project (2)

Emma Martin_Tundra © Luca Truffarelli (2)

“A nameless land, where there’s more darkness than daylight …”

(“Tundra” by Emma Martin DanceDublin Dance Festival, May 2014)

Photo by Luca Truffarelli/ © Emma Martin Dance 2014

Emma Martin’s project (1)

flying pompom

He got his strength up flush and in full glitter…” 

(“Tundra” by Emma Martin DanceDublin Dance Festival, May 2014)

Photo by Luca Truffarelli/ © Emma Martin Dance 2014