Emilie Barton is a dance practitioner, facilitator and contemporary dance artist. Her own practices predominately focus on improvisation, voice, embodiment, storytelling, imagination, and play. Emilie strives to empower others, champion the arts, and tell honest stories through dance and theatre.

Based in Bournemouth & Dorset.

Emilie performing 'The Call'

The Call

Choreographed and Performed by Emilie Barton.

The Call is a solo dance and physical theatre performance following a narrative theme of fear and human nature directly drawing on myths and symbolism of ‘The Wolf’.

The piece presents itself as an abstract telling of a story with voice, movement and dance. Ultimately a transformation, myths such as ‘La Loba’, a woman who collects bones to raise wolves from the dead are explored. Transcendence, wolf and moon storytelling lay at the core of the piece.

Emilie developed The Call most recently as a Visiting Artist at Pavilion Dance South West (2019 & 2020) alongside being accepted to take part in the Young Choreographers South West Programme & residencies (2018-20). The concept was nurtured at The Dance Research Studio, London (2017-18).

As a work in progress, The Call was accepted to perform in Motus Dance’s performance platform, ADJUSTEMTNS 1118 in November 2019. The Call is now being developed further. In January 2022, Emilie was awarded a Dorset Performance Makers Bursary (from Activate Performing Arts) of £500 to go towards development.

Image by Jane Russell

Previous Work

Following her graduation from Roehampton University with a BA Hons in Dance Studies (2015), Emilie launched her career in the dance sector performing in various works with choreographer Alicia Kidman (2014-2016) and exploring somatic and embodied practices. Emilie has choreographed for the Poole Passion Project (March 2018), led sessions with Dorset Youth Dance and performed in ‘TRANSMISSIONS’, an exhibition piece by Sian Hutchings & Richard Waring, on the Antony Caro ‘Sea Music’ Sculpture. After being selected for ‘The Speaking Dancer: Interdisciplinary Performance Training’, London (2017-2018) Emilie turned towards choreographing her own solo performance project.

Most recently, Emilie has been developing her work in the dance sector as a facilitator and artist through Matthew Bourne’s Overture Programme (2021-2022).

The Call awarded Activate Performing Arts Bursary
Emilie has been awarded a Dorset Performance Makers Bursary from Activate Performing …
Dancing Free selected to join Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in their Overture Cohort 2021/22
Overture is the annual New Adventures professional development programme for dance artists …
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