"[Stuart] is a choreographer with an exceptional talent for animating ensembles and redefining space with a fluidity and logic that would be rare in any community."
Founded in 1999 by artistic director Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, EmSpace Dance is a dance theater company dedicated to creating performances and films that are emotionally resonant and intellectually satisfying. We find beauty in the gestures of day-to-day life and endeavor to share a sense of the hidden depth and texture that exist in the everyday world. Our work is intricately crafted with a strong sense of theatricality that rubs up against authentic experience. Anchored by elements of life that are familiar in some way, we can also revel in aesthetic flights of fancy.
EmSpace Dance has presented shows in San Francisco at NOHspace, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, CounterPulse, and Dancers' Group Studio Theater. We have also performed in galleries, lobbies, parks, and in a Victorian flat. The company has been seen in many Bay Area festivals and events including West Wave Dance Festival, The Yerba Buena Gardens Choreographers Festival, Kearny Street Workshop's APAture Festival, and The Hybrid Project at Intersection for the Arts. Beyond the Bay, EmSpace Dance has performed in The Rogue Performance Festival (Fresno, CA), The Monterey Dance Festival (Monterey, CA), and Artown (Reno, NV).
EmSpace Dance films have screened at American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), West Wave Dance Festival (San Francisco, CA), Reel Pride Film Festival (Fresno, CA), Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Tampa, FL), The San Diego Tijuana DanceOnFilm Festival, and Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema.
Artistic Director Erin Mei-Ling Stuart is a choreographer, director, dancer, and actor. She has been choreographing since 1997 and has made 30 dance and dance/theater pieces and several short dance films. Erin was a resident artist at Djerassi Resident Artists’ Program in 2007 and 2011. Erin has been awarded grants by San Francisco Arts Commission and Film Arts Foundation, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (the CHIME/Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange grant). Erin was awarded the Della Davidson Prize in 2016 (for innovative dance theater artists). In 2008, The SF Bay Guardian honored Erin with a GOLDIE (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) award for dance. She has created commissioned works for ODC Dance Jam and 13th Floor Dance Theater. Erin is a member of Mugwumpin and detour dance, has performed with many local dance and theater companies, including Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Lisa Townsend Company, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Shotgun Players, Central Works, 13th Floor, and many others.
Erin is a member of Mugwumpin and detour dance, has also performed with many local companies and artists, including, Erika Chong Shuch Project, detour dance, Lisa Townsend Company, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, 13th Floor Dance Theater, Shotgun Players, Taylor Mac at The Magic Theater, Dance Elixir, Nancy Karp & Dancers, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Lizz Roman & Dancers, STEAMROLLER, Kneejerk Dance Project, POTRZEBIE, Flyaway Productions, and OnSite Dance Company.