Tuesday, 19 April 2016

New News for 2016!

So the last few years have been an amazing whirlwind of projects, performing, creating, teaching, producing, researching, planning, training and business development. It's been busy to say the least! During the whirlwind I've been incredibly brilliant at completely neglecting this blog with any news updates, but it feels like with some incredible projects in the pipeline for this year I should start updating it again a little more regularly with quick links to be able to get tickets and info about the amazing work happening this year across Cornwall.

So here it goes...a few bits of info below about what I've been up to lately!

Simon Birch Dance Company Shoreline

We've just completed the first two weeks of rehearsals, and will be back in June ready for the shows in July! Follow the company on this facebook page to see some behind the scenes pictures. We also made the front cover of Animated magazine this month, with a featured article by Dramaturge Ruth Pethybridge. Look out for the performances via the company website here www.simonbirchdance.com

 Image: Steve Tanner

Freefall Dance Summer Intensive 2016

Freefall have just launched our Summer Intensive, with early bird tickets now on sale! With a jam packed two days of technical classes being delivered by artists including Nikki O'Hara, Luke Birch, James Wilton and Charlotte Eatock it's going to be the perfect way to develop physical training and meet some fantastic people over the weekend - as well as being able to unwind at the end of each day with some food and refreshments with a sea view. Perfect. 

Image John Freddy Jones

Kneehigh Rambles & TJG Run for Your Life

Run For Your Life has been commissioned by Kneehigh as part of one of the Rambles nights. Choreographed by Tom Jackson Greaves and developed with Anna Murphy, Mike Shepherd and the rest of the Kneehigh team, performed by dancers Chris Scott, Emily Dobson and Gareth Mole with ensemble performance by All Boys Dance and Hall For Cornwall Youth Dance, Run for Your Life looks at the themes of finding refuge, leaving disaster and forming your tribe and is full of beautiful text by the amazing Anna Murphy. 

There will be warming consumables, art installations, story telling and fire! Please come along to celebrate May Day and a new piece of theatre. More info about Kneehigh and the Rambles projects here.

Friday, 25 July 2014


- £40 for four classes over two days -
- £10 per class (restricted classes and for Open Level workshop or class attendees) -
For further information including booking details and info on our fabulous Company Classes happening with Yael Flexer over the summer, please follow the link to our latest newsletter!

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Freefall Dance are very excited to be hosting Cornwall's BIG Dance weekend event this year. Inspired by Myths and Legends Freefall have been working with a fabulous community group, energy filled students from Falmouth school and a very brilliant group of younger dancers aged 4-11yrs to create a retelling of the Mermaid of Zennor....

The BIG Dance project is the UK's largest celebration of dance and this year to promote the Summer Reading Challenge the South West have been busy taking inspiration from many stories around the theme of The Giant's Story.

Produced by Pavillion Dance South West, our part in the BIG Dance celebrations have been supported by Dance Republic 2 and will take place with a FREE performance aimed at 4-11year olds THIS Sunday 13th July.

Performance times:
12.30pm & 1.15pm

The Moor/Falmouth Library
TR11 3QA


For further information, please follow this link to the Arts Council Website
To read all about other BIG Dance events happening across the UK follow this link to the official BIG Dance website.

The BIG Dance event is produced by Foundation for Community Dance and the Mayor of London

AND don't forget to come along on Sunday and have a boogie with us all!!!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Freefall Summer Intensive 2014

Bookings for this years Freefall Intensive are now OPEN!!

Please click on the below images for booking information and information pack which includes teachers biogs, accommodation suggestions and more... places are booking up so secure yours while you can!

For any enquires please contact either Emily or Grace via freefalldance@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 16 September 2013

Don't Trust the Ground

At the beginning of the year I was approached by a group of third year dance students from Falmouth University preparing to make their final debut as students under their company name of Uglybird Dance, asking if I would choreograph their final performance piece. The company were five strong, all females and all strong independent people to collaborate with. It was a pleasure to witness their visions coming alive, their utter determination and drive. Here's a few images to celebrate the piece, and the graduation of all of the dancers...Congratulations!

Don't Trust the Ground  (25 mins)
"You look around and start to expect you might not exist...And so you sit. You sit still. Because your limbs are so heavy. They are full of rain."

Developed from an article extract written by Caitlin Moran in Moranthology (p.223), the piece threads together intimate moments of story telling with fast paced physicality that explores the limitations and boudaries forced by repression and hope. Featuring music by Luisine, Thomas Newman, Chromatics, Clint Mansell and UNKLE. Lighting design by Paul Joines, choreographed by Emily Dobson in collaboration with the dancers.
Dancers: Debbie Mason, Lucy Cracknell, Bebe Harvey, Jess Lobb, Grace Clayton

All images by Steve Tanner © to the respective owners

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Venus Flower - Choreography by Cscape and the 100 Company. Written by Anna Maria Murphy. Music by Jim Carey. Performances at Trebah Garden and Cotehele House during July 2013. For details visit…
Added on 18/06/2013
SALT 2013 and Dance Republic 2 present: 

Cscape and the 100

Venus Flower and Other Stories

Choreographed by Cscape / Written by Anna Maria Murphy / Music by Jim Carey 

Cotehele House | Sat 13th July | 7.00pm
Cotehele House | Sun 14th July | 6.00pm
£12.00 / £6.00 Conc. (Under 5's Free)
TICKETS FROM CRBO 01726 879500 or book online:http://www.crbo.co.uk/events.php?evGrp=214

Tales of journeys, chillies and home comings, a hundred dancers, exotic blooms and secrets in the foliage. 
Take a glorious garden walk, led by professional dancers and the legendary 100 company made up of performers of all ages from across Cornwall. Expect beautiful, captivating, entrancing, moving and funny. 
For a sneak preview click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKa5dogbOCk 

SALT 2013 is supported by: Arts Council England, FEAST, Cornwall Council, Ernest Cook Trust, Falmouth University and DR2

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

British Red Cross | Animation

Check out this short, stop motion film 'Red Balloon' by Dogbite film production company for the British Red Cross. The video has been made to recognise the valuable contribution refugees can make to our society. Please share and spread the word.

(you might even recognise a few faces in it...)

To find out more about what the British Red Cross does and to donate visit http://bit.ly/RedCrossRedBalloon

Friday, 7 June 2013

New website launch

The past few months have been a busy time, finishing various projects, choreographing two new pieces including a music video, and also launching the Freefall Summer Intensive. Also, I now have a new website which is up and running, which has further details of the projects and performances I'm involved in. 

If you wanted to take a look, hop on over to www.emilydobson.co.uk to have a peak.

Hope you're enjoying the sunshine!

Freefall Dance Summer Intensive 2013


Dates: 4TH JULY - 6TH JULY 2013 | Cost: £149 
With visiting artists YAEL FLEXER & HELEN PARLOR
Bursaries are available, please see website for full details


Join Freefall Dance for three days of intensive training; technical classes and creative choreographic workshops led by nationally acclaimed artists Yael Flexer and Helen Parlor. Aimed at performers, practitioners, independent and emerging dance artists, the classes aim to refresh on-going physical, and creative training in a supported atmosphere.
The intensive takes place at the purpose built studios in the stunningly beautiful Cornish coastal town of Falmouth. Inclusive of the event is a daily networking and business skills session, an informal way to enjoy breakfast, which is provided, and enhance many skills vital to marketing yourself and your work, either individually or as a company. 
Immerse yourself in three days of intensive dance training with two of the most exciting dance practitioners in the UK, invigorate and refresh yourself in the rich culture and breathtakingly beautiful scenery, beaches and cliff top walks on your doorstep.
The event is an artist led initiative developed and produced by Freefall Dance, in partnership with Falmouth University and supported by The Works: Dance and Theatre Cornwall.
TO BOOK VISIT: www.freefalldance.co.uk

Thursday, 1 November 2012

On The Wire Launch

On The Wire 2012 is launched!
We now have a fantastic new website up and running where you can find further information about this unique event happening at The Poly, Falmouth on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December.

Tickets are now ON SALE - please see below for further details. You can also contact us or stay in touch via twitter and fb using the links below. Please spread the word and we'll hopefully see you there.

Venue: The Poly, Falmouth
Friday 3oth November and Saturday 1st December
7.30pm start
Tickets from The Poly: BUY HERE
(e) onthewire@rocketmail.com
(tw) @OTW2012

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

New Horizons

Over the last 8 months I don't think my feet have hardly touched the ground. It's been a really busy time planning, teaching, performing and studying for my PGCHE

There's been some really amazing projects happening, setting up new partnerships with The Cornwall Film Festival for On The Wire (more about that in a while), Freefall Dance held the second summer school which was a great success in partnership with University College Falmouth and The Works, and I've been touring with Cscape's children's show!

After some time to pause for a second and let the dust settle on the sweat and hard work of this last year there's some really exciting projects bubbling away that will be happening over the Autumn. I've listed them below, to remind myself that life in Cornwall is busy, creative and although a long way from the big smoke and cities there are some amazing people, projects, facilities, ambition and drive that I'm privileged to be a part of. 

On The Wire -

Dance and Art Event

The Poly Arts Centre | Falmouth
30th November and 1st December 
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(t) @OTW2012

Tickets now on sale: BOOK

This unique event is a showcase, an eclectic, curated evening of high quality multidisciplinary work including dance, visual art, photography and film. Kicking off with a selection of short dance films in partnership with the Cornwall Film Festival, each evening will then showcase live dance performances from regional and nationally touring dancers and an exhibition of artwork, stills photography and film in the gallery.

At its heart is a passion for creating an inspiring and celebratory evening of professional and emerging artist work, promoting and exposing a cultural feast for audiences of any age and any experience of the arts.

We have a new WEBSITE! Check it out for featured artists information, the people that make the project tick and for up to date info about artists performing and exhibiting work this year.

Freefall Dance - 

Summer schools, new weekly classes and performances

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(t) @freefalldance

This year we ran two summer schools, a three day 'Young Performers' summer school called FUEL, and a four day professional development summer school. We had visiting artists Ben Wright (bgroup), James Finnemore (Hofesh Shechter), Caroline Lofthouse (Yael Flexor) and Annie Lok (Siobhan Davies) delivering technique classes and creative workshops.The 'Business Skills' sessions to support independent practitioners that ran at the start of each day were a big hit. We sold out and had some truly fantastic feedback and are now in the planning stages at the moment for 2013.

Our weekly classes are back up and running in Falmouth. For further details please visit our website which has all of the dates, venues and prices.

We are also choreographing a piece to be performed at The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on Saturday 3rd November as part of a youth and community platform organised by Helen Tiplady (Cscape). There's still places left so if you're interested please contact us via our email address.

Cscape - 

If The Shoe Fits

(e) info@cscape.org.uk 

Written by Anna Maria Murphy, Directed by Simon Harvey (both Kneehigh Theatre) and Designed by John Keys this is a delightfully interactive show for children and adults alike. Join Cscape and jump feet first into a very special kind of shoe shop!

'If the Shoe Fits’ is a 55 minute theatre show created for children aged 3 and above. The show transports children into the magical world of a very special kind of shoe shop, where every box contains it’s own special story. The performers bring the shoes and their stories to life using physical theatre, dance, story-telling and music, creating a delightful visual world that engages children in tales of new shoes, old shoes, shoes with laces and velcro, and even a re-telling of the Emperors new…shoes!

Regionally touring throughout November and December
The Hall for Cornwall - Dates coming soon!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Kick Starting 2012

After an amazing 2011, and a lovely relaxing Christmas break the new year kicks off with some exciting projects and performances, which I can't wait to start working on.

This week I'll be working on Cscape's new children's show 'If the Shoe Fits' which is being directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region) and written by Anna-Maria Murphy (Kneehigh, BBC Radio 4). It's a developmental week with a scratch performance at The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on Saturday 6th at 2pm. The show is aimed at children aged 3-7yrs and their families.
For more details including how to get tickets (which are free!) please follow the link:

Freefall Dance Classes start back this Monday, me and Grace are really looking forwards to a new year, a new set of classes and to start moving again after the break. We are running our Monday evening Open Level class as normal, and we have a NEW 'Body Con and Stretch' class on Thursday evenings. We'll also be running a series of Advanced Level workshops in Cornwall and Plymouth this term, which we'll be posting more information about soon.

Please follow this link to our Freefall Dance newsletter with all details of times, dates, venues and prices. You can also sign up to the newsletter to receive regular updates about our work via the link:

'Ways Of Watching' - Winter Dance Symposium - University College Falmouth.
On January 26th we will be performing a scratch performance of 'Effete' as part of the one day event alongside other scratch performances and panel discussions exploring issues around how we watch dance. 'Effete' is a professional work in progress originally created as part of  The Development Project which took place last September. The piece is choreographed by myself in collaboration with dancers Robert Mennear and Grace Sellwood, with original music by Sophy Smith (Motionhouse, Assault Events). Please see the link below for more information and how to book tickets:

 Image by Kevin Clifford

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
Emily x

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Freefall Dance | Open Workshop in Penzance

OPEN DANCE WORKSHOP | Focussing on the body in flight 

VENUE: Humphry Davy School, (Drama Hall) Coombe Road, Penzance TR18 2TG

Sunday 11th December 2011 | 11am - 1.00pm
Adults: 16+ | £8.50 Full | £6.50 Cons

A workshop that moves at a reasonable pace to incorporate all abilities. The workshop will include a warm up, creative work and an opportunity to work in partners on more weight sharing and 'flying' partnering work. Based on techniques including release and flying-low. In other words: jumping, diving, falling, flying and catching combined in high energy sequence and partnering work.
For all abilities: from complete novices to teachers, training dancers and more experienced professionals

Booking Essential | Book by Wednesday November 30th 
Email us to reserve your place! 
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Led by: Emily Dobson and Grace Sellwood
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Freefall dance classes have been running since Autumn 2010, from our base and home in Falmouth. We offer an opportunity for individuals to train and experience high quality contemporary classes and workshops within a group environment, delivered with a professional, but ultimately enjoyable approach.

Off the back of our successful weekly classes Freefall Dance have also started to deliver one off workshops, performances, and in 2011 established our Freefall Summer School in partnership with The Works and University College Falmouth.

If you would like to be added to our database and receive our regular Newsletter with information about our classes, workshops, events and hot off the press developments please contact us:  
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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Freefall Dance Classes | Autumn Term

Freefall Dance Classes have returned with this terms Open and Advanced level classes running up until Christmas.

The term has already started, but if you haven't been to one of our classes, or haven't been in a while please just come along, we would love to work with you. This year has been a rollercoaster of classes, performances, workshops and our Freefall Summer School in partnership with UCF and The Works.
So come and get involved, meet like minded people, get fit, and join us for a Christmas social drink to celebrate 2011.

Freefall Dance | Open Class | Beginners to advanced
Time: Monday Nights | 6.30pm - 8pm
*** (14th and 21st Novemeber 7.15pm start)
Venue: King Charles Parish Church Hall (Upstairs), New Street, Falmouth. TR11 3HX.
Cost: £6/£4.50 

"A Class that moves at a reasonable pace to incorporate all abilities."

14th November (*** 7.15pm - 8.30pm - Downstairs)
21st November (*** 7.15pm - 8.30pm - Downstairs)
28th November
5th December
12th December (Christmas Drinks afterwards)

Freefall Dance | Advanced Class
Time: Tuesday Nights | 6.30pm - 8pm
Venue: Studio H, The Performance Centre, UCF.
Cost: £6/£4.50

"For professionals, graduates, teachers, training dancers. A fast paced, technical and challenging class."

15th Novemeber
22nd November
29th November
6th December
13th December

Christmas Drinks | 12th December | 8.30pm
The Chainlocker
To celebrate the end of a fantstic year we will be having a social get together in the comfort of The Chainlocker, overlooking Falmouth Harbour. It will be a chance to chat and catch up with other members of the classes and have a well earned mulled wine in celebration of the Christmas break and the New Year. All are welcome.
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Music Video Cameo | Severed Dreams by Ruarri Joseph

Last weekend saw the 10th Cornwall Film Festival, held at The Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay.
Amongst many of the awards given as part of it's celebration was the 'Made in Kernow' category, which was awarded to filmmaker Ian Bucknole for his music video 'Severed Dreams' with musician Ruarri Joseph.

Please watch the video below, it's absolutely beautiful and has been an internet hit, so please share! It's about childhood dreams and imaginary friends, with stunning music and cinematography. The title track is from Ruarri Joseph's album 'Shoulder to The Wheel', which is out now:


Following on from 'Severed Dreams', Ian's latest music video is also below, a cover of Christina Aguilera's 'Genie in a Bottle' by John Smith, the single shot film is brilliant, so please share and enjoy!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Cscape | Global Gardens Film Premiere

This Friday 28th October at The Poly Arts Centre 
7.30pm | Tickets: £5 | To book:  01872 261770

"With 5 nights of stunning evening performances by Cscape’s team as well as 4 daytime programmes of activity produced by students from 35 schools and a Community Dance Company of 100 dancers.  The week long celebration, that was part of the Cultural Olympiad RELAYS programme, took place in early July 2010 at the stunning site of Trebah Gardens, a wild sub-tropical ravine that magically stretches down a valley to the waters edge of the Helford Estuary" 

It's going to be a stunning and beautiful documentary, I can't wait to see it and reminisce with everyone over a glass of vino...one of my all time favourite projects I was lucky enough to be a part of alongside some amazing dancers, actors, visual artists and musicians.

Children's workshop at 4 pm | Screening 7.30 pm 
The film will be followed by an 'Auction of Promises' fundraiser with an evening of entertainment.
See a fabulous film and support Cornwall's flagship dance company in it's bid to raise funds. 

Please follow the link to see the trailer. Courtesy of Cscape and the fabulous filmmaker Brett Harvey. 
Full documentary film by Brett Harvey and Ian Bucknole. 

Monday, 26 September 2011

Performing 'Breathe' at Watch This Space | Exeter Northcott Theatre

Tomorrow evening, 27th September we will be performing a scratch version of the newly developed duet 'Breathe' performed by Grace Sellwood and myself. We've recently been working on the piece as part of the Development Project, this will be our first performance and even though it's in it's raw and bare bones state, we're really looking forwards to putting it in front of an audience!

With original music by Luke Robinson and film projection by Brett Harvey the piece will be performed alongside other regionally based pieces of work, with an informal Q and A after the show, it would be great if you're in the area to come along and give us some feedback.

We are at the beginning of developing the piece, and really appreciate audiences thoughts and comments. Please see the link below for further information about how to book tickets....


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Development Project | Eflyer

As part of a new collaborative venture working with live dance, film, music and photography to develop work for live performance taking place at University College Falmouth over the next few weeks, we would like to invite you to share in and give feedback on the work that we will produce and perform live as part of two scratch nights.

The project, which also includes classes for advanced dancers  is funded by The Arts Council England and supported by University College Falmouth and The Works.

(For further information please see the flyer below)

Dancers: Grace Sellwood, Robert Mennear, Emily Dobson
Filmmaker Brett Harvey
Musicians Luke Robinson and Sophy Smith
Photographer Kevin Clifford
Directed by Emily Dobson

Monday, 8 August 2011

Arts Council England | Confirmation of Funding.

In June I submitted a Grants for the Arts application to the Arts Council to develop a project with a team of dancers, a musician and filmmaker. The 'Artist Leadership and Skills Development Project' is a chance to develop technical skills, a physical language and to develop movement ideas and choreography for potential future work. 

I've just had confirmation that my application has been sucessfull, which is absolutely fantastic news. The application has been supported by The Works Dance and Theatre Cornwall, University College Falmouth, The Barbican Theatre (Plymouth), Abigail Reeve (Stop Gap Dance Company), and Cath James. Also a huge thank you to my mentor Lois Taylor for supporting the application.

The Project will take place at University College Falmouth, at the Performance Centre later on this year. We will be opening morning class up to dancers in the region and also be holding open sharing's of the work being produced.

Please contact me if you want to be kept informed of any of the classes and sharing's 
via email: 

Monday, 18 July 2011

Commission - Moving With The Tide | Fal River Festival

As part of the Falmouth River Festival celebrations, The Works commissioned five artists to create and perform work on June 1st. Myself and co-collaborator, dancer Robert Mennear were awarded one of the commissions which formed part of the 'Moving With The Tide' programme of performances. Our piece 'Hush Hush', was created in collaboration with violinist Amie Willingale and performed at various points throughout the day along the banks of the River Fal.

The duet was also performed at On The Wire - Dance and Art event, and is currently in development to be performed at festivals and platforms in 2011/12. 

Freefall Dance Summer School

Last week Freefall Dance launched a 3 day intensive Summer School combining technical training, creative workshops and marketing and promotional skills delivered as a professional development opportunity for the independent dancer and dance makers.

The intensive was co-produced by The Works, University College Falmouth and Freefall Dance, and supported by Relays. The Summer School was hosted by University College Falmouth at their studios at the Performance Centre, near Falmouth, delivering technical class and creative sessions for advanced and intermediate level dancers:

Leading artists:
Victoria Fox (Jasmin Vardimon, Candoco)
Cai Tomos (Earthfall Physical Theatre)
Kuldip Sing-Barmi (DV8, Candoco)
Rahel Vonmoos (Charles Linehan, Rosemary Butcher)

The three days were a fantastic opportunity to bring together dancers from across Cornwall, The South West and the UK, to take part in and share an opportunity to work with some incredible practicing artists. The Business Skills seminars were an invaluable resource opening up discussions and exchanging information. Delivered by The Works, and Sally Williams (Cscape Dance Company) they offered a realistic approah to applying for funding, working freelance and business development skills for setting up a company.

If you would like any further information about future Freefall dance classes, workshops and intensives, please contact us via our facebook page or freefalldance@hotmail.co.uk