Emily Alden
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Emily is a dancer & choreographer who works across dance & theatre, live & digital formats & communities. Originally from the Midlands Emily trained in Contemporary Dance at Bretton Hall College of Arts in Yorkshire & is now based in Cornwall. She has worked extensively as a dancer in touring and site-based productions with companies including WildWorks, Cscape, Kneehigh & Simon Birch, & performed in works by Rosemary Lee, Emma Rice, Yael Flexer, & Agnieszka Blonska.

Emily’s choreographic work includes WildWorks 100: UnEarth, her dance for camera work with film collaborator Brett Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region, Lucasfilm) has been screened worldwide. Her photography is an on-going collection for work & play, documenting & capturing people, place & nature.

She is currently developing new work In My Head (2019/20) exploring everyday sound & hearing loss with a DYCP grant from Arts Council England, amongst other projects.

Emily is a Lecturer of Dance at Falmouth University, an Associate Artist at Hall for Cornwall & Co-founder of Freefall Dance.

All images by Steve Tanner (unless credited otherwise)

NEW WORK | In Development

In My Head (2019/20)
An extraordinary experience of ordinary, everyday sound.

A new dance theatre performance with original sound design by Daniel Hayes & dramaturgy by Sue MacLaine.

Supported by Arts Council England (Developing Your Creative Practice & Project Grant), Hall for Cornwall, Kneehigh Theatre & AMATA, Falmouth University.

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Staff Profile
Falmouth University Dance & Choreography website

Emily has been a teacher of contemporary techniques and devising approaches on the Dance & Choreography courses since 2010, two of those years as a part-time Lecturer as core staff. Emily works across all year groups, is regularly involved in assessments & has managed modules including a final year independent practice module supporting students to make industry connections internationally.

Falmouth University - Dancer, Senior Lecturer Kuldip Singh-Barmi Photo by Daniela Buda

Falmouth University - Dancer, Senior Lecturer Kuldip Singh-Barmi
Photo by Daniela Buda



Freefall website

Freefall Dance was established in 2010. Emily wanted to re-frame how contemporary dance classes were delivered to community groups, subsequently establishing a thriving weekly Open Level class still running today, and the catalyst for Freefall to grow over the next 7 years with Emily & co-founder Grace Sellwood driving the company and its activity.

Freefall Dance Summer Intensive 2016 Photo by John Freddy Jones

Freefall Dance Summer Intensive 2016
Photo by John Freddy Jones


Rosemary Lee
Passage for Par

In May 2018 Emily performed as part of Passage for Par, a site-specific performance on Par Beach for 30 women choreographed by Rosemary Lee. An international cast of various ages & backgrounds worked together to bring the extraordinary work to life.

Passage for Par was commissioned by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust) &  Dance Republic 2 for Groundwork

Passage for Par

Passage for Par


100: Unearth

In July 2018 Emily worked as choreographer & performed as part of the main cast of 100: UnEarth by Wildworks, a large-scale outdoor production set within The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.

The show was a love story about war, love, loss & hope and featured a professional cast, large community cast, veterans, live music, art installation, & choir.

100: UnEarth was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW & Heligan Gardens.

100: UnEarth

100: UnEarth