Emma’s core choreographic practice, Soft Edges, observes the body in relation to changing contexts, when journeying through landscape. Her work is about making and breaking rules for travel, informed by the body and the terrain. It’s about surfaces meeting, merging and parting. Soft Edges is a structure for devising choreographies for and about the outdoors.
Soft Edges is an ongoing inquiry. As well as exploring the practice alone, Emma has had a residency with local artists at Dartington, Devon (2014), developed many scores for the work, and has recently been supported by her mentor Simone Kenyon, to deepen research. In June 2018*, Emma gathered with Amy Lawrence, Paul Hughes and Hermione Purvis to generate a performance work enveloping the ethos of the practice, as well as researching further into contextualising Soft Edges as a group.
*Emma’s most recent residency was at Dance4, Nottingham in summer 2018
‘I have never felt more valued within a collaboration than that of the collaboration of Soft Edges, it was true play and exploration on an intelligent and thoughtful level.’ – Performer Hermione Purvis
‘Soft Edges was guided by Emma's extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity towards the tensions and possibilities of public art. This project was a rare and significant opportunity for me to develop my own understanding of these pertinent artistic questions; and felt like a hugely formative moment within Emma's long-term practice. I am left deeply enriched, and excited to see what will happen next.’ - Performer Paul Hughes
‘Soft Edges was a process that challenged the process of making and perception of performative outcome in the public sphere without apology yet with a tentative understanding.’ - Performer Amy Lawrence
‘I witnessed myself in this space.’ - Audience member
‘I saw an honesty and a struggle in the work and it made me feel invested in the performance.' - Audience member