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  • Emma-Jayne Park

Carrying the innate values of hip hop culture whilst exploring new territories in dance theatre, Emma Jayne Park makes socio-political performances and installations as a catalyst for deepening discussion and encouraging social change.  ‘High octane… energetic, witty and playful’, (The Skinny) her practice asks the audience to engage through questioning their own norms and role in the performance; illustrated significantly in #thesolofilter, a process in which Emma invites artists, audiences and critics to remake her work into the piece they wish they had seen. After graduating from Edinburgh’s Telford College with a First Class BA Hons in Dance, Emma furthered her training at DNA Manhattan with practitioners such as Lynn Simonson, Douglas Dunn and Diane McCarthy. Returning to Scotland to undertake an apprenticeship with Company Chordelia, Emma has since worked with a variety of practitioners such as Conflux (Ricardo Puccetti/ Patrick Nolan), Ocean All Over, Angus Balbernie, Norman Douglas, Freshmess, Barrowland Ballet and Gary Clarke. Committed to developing her creative voice, Emma has travelled across Europe learning intensively from practitioners such as Alan Greig, Ivo Dimchev, Katie Duck, Rasmus Olme, David Gordon, Liz Lerman, Nicole Piesl and Alva Noe, supported by Creative Scotland and the Choreographic Futures programme. Further receiving mentorship from Christine Devaney, Jonzi D and Jonathan Burrows through the choreographic development initiatives of Breakin’ Convention. Founding her company Cultured Mongrel as a means to impact the sector beyond simply touring work, she brings together unique combinations of artists to generate original concepts for touring, participation and challenging existing infrastructures. Known for touring anywhere with a double plug socket, Emma works equally in urban and rural environments with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Emma is currently Associate Artist with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and was named one of ASSITEJ’s Next Generation 2016.