Emily Aoibheann is an artist, aerialist and mentor. Although her expertise lies in circus and aerial, her varied background leads to creative, collaborative and original integration of multiple art forms.

Under the banner of Creation Aerial, Emily facilitates peer based production, dramaturgy and artist support for unconventional circus artists, with a focus on creative and critical dialogue, international mentorship, residency and exchange.

Her work in 2021 is supported and funded by the Arts Council, Fingal County Council, Dance Ireland and the Courthouse Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow.

My practice is interpersonal, resourceful and spatial, realised in collaboration with a broad team of other artists and technicians. The work is strongly influenced by artistic and technical elements of aerial dance and circus, and a decade of producing work in these arts forms. A central orientation of this experimental expression has been to access and animate varied spaces where through processes of disintegration and construction, the rigidity of physical structures and artistic conventions are creatively compromised. I am broadly interested in architecture and exploration of space(s), material experimentation and the symbiosis of human and object, the living and not-living. With the body placed at the centre of my work, I utilise acts of permissive and playful irreverence to explore kinetic, energetic and structural transmutation in performance and artistic process. This has naturally, but not exclusively, extended to include physical and emotional extremes.

Landmark work: Object Piggy (2013-2015); Papaveracea (2015); Sorry Gold (2019); Mother of Pearl (2019). Co-founder PaperDolls Performance Comany (2010-2013); Co-founder and Director of Cat’s Paw Experimental Aerial Dance Meeting; Founder and Director Creation Aerial, Research & Ideas Studio; Artist in Residence at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, ongoing since 2018.