Emily Aoibheann

Emily Aoibheann is an artist, aerialist, director and mentor who has contributed almost two decades of creativity and enterprise to her native city of Dublin.

Her varied background leads to unconventional, collaborative and original integration of multiple art forms from music to sculpture, crossing cultural contexts. Realised with a broad artistic and technical team, she primarily uses aerial dance and circus arts as tools to explore ideas of all kinds: philosophical, ecological, historical, magical and is considered a pioneer of experimental methodologies for physical performance and emergent circus-inspired dramaturgies.                                                     

Her recent work concerns bodies without context and 'dances of dissolution'; transience and trace making; the heart and spine; embeddedness, dwelling and death; writing and music. She is founder of the Experimental Circus Award, a pilot programme currently in its first year, which supports intellectually engaged and unconventional circus practice in Ireland, through bursary and residency resources and peer based facilitation. Her work in 2022/ 2023 is supported by the Arts Council Arts Grant Fund, as a Markievicz Award recipient, Animation Ireland Immersive Innovation Award, Fingal County Council Artist Bursary, Dance Ireland Hatch Award, and as a visiting artist at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Courthouse Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre, co. Wicklow.

Headshot Image: Emilia Pason

Performance Image: Noel Shelley

Studio Image: Hazel Cardew