Dance in the Digital World with Emma McFarland

Thu 19 Nov 2020
14:00 - 16:00
Online through Zoom

As part of our ever changing sector, we have developed a four part professional development programme for Digital Practice.

Dance in the Digital World explores the possibilities and open conversations for presenting with digital technologies in both live and online contexts

Quantum Steps:  design, innovation, tech and the future of dance with Emma McFarland.

In this last session we will look at how might mindsets, behaviours and tools from the worlds of design and innovation help artists interested in making work with new technologies? 
In this encounter, Emma McFarland, Innovation and Digital Producer, will introduce approaches which can help artists develop new roles and relationships with audiences, catalyse innovation, support new kinds of collaborative relationships and effectively manage digital projects and their vast array of unknowns.  She will draw on current and past projects from dance and the wider cultural sector and will include opportunities for individual reflection as well as group exploration. 

Dance Ireland Members can book online with Membership and Engagement Officer, Andrea Bolger at 


Emma leads the innovation programme at The National Gallery alongside her work as an independent Innovation and Digital Producer and Consultant with organisations including Studio Wayne McGregor – where she leads the QuestLab Network programme - Made by Katie Green, The Goethe Institut, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Pell Ensemble, Knowle West Media Centre and Pavilion Dance South West.   In 2017, Emma gained MA Digital Management (Distinction) from digital school Hyper Island.

Emma’s work – spanning the arts, social inclusion and digital worlds - has always been about making new connections between people, ideas and disciplines which help us to do things differently and make more of a difference.  After graduating with BA (Hons) Economics, Emma started her career in investment bank CS First Boston before moving into the not for profit sector, where she launched one of the voluntary sector’s first UK wide e-learning initiatives and consulted on social inclusion policy and programme development.  She has over 20 years experience in the arts and cultural sector and has worked in the dance sector since 2005, gaining PG Cert Dance in the Community from Trinity Laban, and working in senior management and producing roles with organisations including Swindon Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Trinity Laban, 2Faced Dance and Magpie Dance.  She is a Fellow of the RSA.


More in the DANCE IN THE DIGITAL WORLD encounters: 

Members' Forum
with contributions from John Scott, Adrienne Brown and Rita Marcalo 
4 September, 12-1.30pm
Full details here 

Finding the Fun: using technology in interactive performance
with Tim Casson (UK)
24 September, 2-4pm
Full details here 

Blurring the Boundaries: blending live and digital work
with Mary Wycherley (IRE)
21 October, 2-4pm
Full details here