Manny Emslie

Visiting Lecturer in Dance

Manny is a dance artist and educator. She is one of a small number of certified Skinner Releasing Technique teachers in the United Kingdom. Her specialist areas are somatic practice  and somatic approaches to creating and performing dance work. She is currently developing a solo work, which has been showcased in select venues in the North West of England.

Qualifications

2011      Teaching Certificate in Skinner Releasing Technique (Ongoing Level) Skinner Releasing Institute, USA

2004      2004 Teaching Certificate in Skinner Releasing Technique (Introductory Level) Skinner Releasing Institute, USA  

2002      Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in  Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University

1997      M.A. in Dance Liverpool John Moores University

1989      B.A. (Hons) in Dance Theatre LABAN

Overview

Manny is a dance artist and educator. She is one of a small number of certified Skinner Releasing Technique teachers in the United Kingdom. Her specialist areas are somatic practice  and somatic approaches to creating and performing dance work. She is currently developing a solo work, which has been showcased in select venues in the North West of England.

Her most recent works, which were performed in a number of dance festivals, include Homecoming (2010), Borderline (2010), Wanderings (2011) and Pamoja (2011). A small selection of images from both of these works can be viewed at: www.mannyemslie.co.uk

In 2011, Manny Emslie and Sarah Spies co-founded their experimental dance company, Oblique Strategists. Both Manny and Sarah have extensive performing and dance making experience as solo artists in their own right and as dance artists who have collaborated with other choreographers/dance makers, performers, visual artists and musicians.

To date, the Oblique Strategists have performed nationally at numerous dance festivals and international performing arts/dance conferences.

Teaching

Manny joined the Performing Arts department at University of Chester in 2010. Her teaching practice on the BA (Hons) Dance programme focuses on somatic practice/approaches, improvisation, dance making and performing. She contributes to delivering on the MA programme.

Research

Manny is a solo performer and dance maker and educator. She recently collaborated with media maker Jonathan Green to produce a photographic event, Homecoming (2009). A short section of this work has been performed at a number of venues in the North West of England. A small selection of images from both of these works can be viewed at www.mannyemslie.co.uk 

She has collaborated a number of times with film - maker Dan Williams. Their work Framed (2004) and Shuht (2008) have been shown nationally and continue to be shown at various venues across the UK. She choreographed the GCSE Set Solo Study for the 2004 – 2006  dance examination.

Manny has made numerous work related trips to the USA where she performed in a number of improvised and site - specific works. She has studied extensively with Joan Skinner and her faculty in Seattle (USA) and she is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher. During the past decade her specialist areas have become somatic practice and approaches to dance making and performing.  In 2008 she was awarded research funding, which enabled her to spend time in Montréal, Canada at The Université du Québec.  She has worked with and been influenced by the following dance artists: Joan Skinner (USA), Stephanie Skura (USA), Andrea Olsen (USA), Caryn McHose (USA), Sylvie Fortin (Canada), Gaby Agis (UK).

Oblique strategies:

In 2011, with Sarah Spies she co-founded the experimental dance company, Oblique Strategists. They have performed in numerous dance festivals and at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Urban Cultural Centre, Liverpool, the international conference of Somatic and Creative Dance practices, Coventry University, the inaugural, international Somatic and Technology conference, Chichester University. Their works include, Peas with a hat, please. Thank you! (2011), Improv # 1 (2012), It is what it is (2012). The Oblique Strategists are currently creating a new work, In the Loop (2013) with a view to a national and international tour in 2013.

Reviews of their work, It is what it is (2012), include Lucia Cox, she writes,

‘The Oblique Strategists complete the first Act with their part improvised, part choreographed, totally bonkers, ‘It is what It is’. Manny Emslie and Sarah Spies are hugely entertaining. [T]heir dance technique and their improv skills pokes warm fun at the medium of dance with huge success.

Of the same work, Chris Fagan writes,

‘Their absurd movements ... make one conjure the word ‘Goddotian’. I can’t help think that behind all their joviality, there is a serious understanding of dance.’ 

Manny’s recent solo work is the basis of a formal research project, which is focusing on an autoethnographic process of investigation. She is currently documenting a series of rituals that she has created and then developed as a method of moving/folding deep within her body/self so that it can be imagined and experienced in new and unexpected ways. 

 

Recent Dance works

2011

Pamoja

Solo work in collaboration with David Haskins

 

2011      

Wanderings

Solo Work in collaboration with Bérnard Pierre-Louis performed live in Turn

Festival Greenroom, Manchester and Spring Festival, Liverpool  

 

2011                                                      

Peas with a hat, please. Thank you!

The Oblique Strategists

Live performances in Radical Artists Festival at Urban Cultural Centre, Liverpool, Spring Festival, Liverpool  and The University of Chester

 

2011                                                      

SHUHT and Framed

Screened at Radical Artists Festival at Urban Cultural Centre, Liverpool

 

2010                                                      

Homecoming

A photographic dance event in collaboration with

Jonathan Green

 

2010      

Borderline

Solo Work performed live in Points in Time Dance

Platform, Liverpool

 

2010                                                      

SHUHT and Framed                                                                        

Screened at Parklands Theatre, Liverpool

 

2009                                                      

SHUHT and Framed

Screened at Time to Move: Dance and the Older Dancer: National Conference at Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

 

2008      

SHUHT

Commissioned work for screen by

Growing Older Disgracefully Dance Company. Collaboration with media artist Dan Williams

Funded by The Arts Council of England

Cornerstone Theatre, Leap Festival, Liverpool

 

2007                                                      

Framed                                                                               

Screened at The Unity Theatre, Leap Festival, Liverpool

 

2005 and 2004                    

Set Solo for the GCSE Dance Examination Syllabus

UK distribution including Ireland and Switzerland, AQA

 

2004                                                      

Framed

Commissioned work for screen by Growing Older Disgracefully Dance Company. Collaboration with media artist Dan Williams

National Tour Funded by The Arts Council of England

 

2004                                                      

From the 10th Floor                                        

Site specific work, Seattle, USA

 

2004                                                      

Improv. # 1        

Venue: House on the Hill, Seattle, USA

 

2003                                                      

In the name of Bacon                                                     

Improvised solo work                                                      

University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Published work

Emslie, M. and Spies, S (2012) In the Loop Autoscores: tensions, tangents and topologies. Presently under review for Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Emslie, M. and Spies, S. (2012) Notes on a Shared Dialogue in Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices Vol 3 numbers 1 – 2 pp 195 - 200

Emslie, M. (2009) Skinner Releasing Technique: Dancing from Within in Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices Volume 1 Number 2

Emslie, M. (2009) Making Space for Somatic Practice in Higher Education in Innovations in Practice Volume 1 Number 1

Nixon, S. and Emslie, M. (2005) Assessment: Getting it right or getting it wrong?

Link 14, Higher Education Academy Summer

 

Conference Presentations

2011  Somatic Dialogues (lecture Demonstration with Sarah Spies)  

Dance and Somatic Practice International Conference. Coventry University, UK

 

2008 Skinner Releasing Technique (workshop)

Somatic and Creative Practices: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education International Conference: Palatine with John Moores University, Liverpool

 

2006  Releasing Words    

Dancing in the Now: Somatic Practices International Conference: Palatine with John Moores University, Liverpool

 

2006      Skinner Releasing Technique: cultivating an active and self-directed learner (poster presentation)

1st Pedagogical Research in Higher Education (PRHE) International Conference: Hope university, Liverpool

 

2005      Skinner Releasing Technique (a somatic practice): cultivating an active and independent learner 

British Educational Research Association (BERA) International Conference at Glamorgan University, South Wales

 

2005      Dance Teachers or Teachers who Dance?    

Physical Education Initial Teacher Training National Conference, Derby

 

2004      In Pursuit of Excellence: Ways to raise standards when teaching the GCSE Set Solo (workshop)

National Dance Teachers Association: The Northern School of Dance. Leeds

 

2003      Assessment and Marking: Towards a Shared Practice

               Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University

 

2002      Finding the balance between Dance Technique and Creative Play (lecture demonstration)

               Balance International Dance Conference, Liverpool John Moores University

 

Emslie, M. (2005) Skinner Releasing Technique: cultivating a dynamic and independent learner

Web Link British Education Index Leeds

 

Emslie, M. and Akroyd, S. (2004) In Search of the Secret Self

Animated. Spring

 

Emslie, M. (2004) From the Horse’s Mouth  Dance Matters. Summer