Associate Lecturer in Dance & Choreography
Emily (Dobson) Alden is a dancer and choreographer who works across dance and theatre, live and digital formats and communities. Originally from the Midlands, Emily trained in Contemporary Dance at Bretton Hall College of Arts in Yorkshire and is now based in Cornwall. Emily has been an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University since 2010, a part-time member of staff on the Dance and Choreography Course for two of those years from 2014 to 2016 with roles including module management, student supervision, assessment and extensive delivery of practical modules and contemporary technique classes across all year groups.
During her on-going career Emily has worked extensively as a dancer in touring and site based productions with companies including WildWorks, Cscape, Kneehigh, Freefall & Simon Birch working under the direction of Emma Rice, Yael Flexer, Rosemary Lee & Agnieszka Blonksa. Emily choreographs across live and digital platforms including collaborations with filmmaker Brett Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region, Lucasfilm), photographer Steve Tanner (Kneehigh, Wildworks), composer Sophy Smith (Motionhouse) and violinist Patrycja Kujawska (Vincent Dance Theatre, Kneehigh).
In 2016 she was awarded Arts Council and British Council funding for an independent development project to work across mainland Europe with Theo Clinkard, Maxine Doyle, Panta Rei and train in the movement language Gaga. As a result she is currently researching her choreographic practice through a series of workshops entitled Immersive Imaginations and new multi-disciplinary performance work In My Head exploring everyday sound and hearing loss with funding from Arts Council England through a Developing Your Creative Practice grant.