Emily began her creative life as a young ballerina, studying at Victoria’s selective and highly prestigious state high school for creative arts, the Victorian College of the Arts. At the age of 17 she moved to Germany and worked as a lead dancer in a state theatre, performing many of the classic ballets and operas at the same time as contemporary works that could be both challenging and unconventional. It was through her collaboration with Frieder Weiss that a love of technology with performance developed, where Emily was able to lead in both the creative and technological development of diverse interactive art forms. Performative dance based interactivity was her starting point but soon her practise came to embrace more conceptually driven public art works.
Emily’s focus on dance still shapes her investigation into and passion for art making, however her role as a choreographer has eclipsed her career as a performer.