We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Alley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, why did you pursue a creative career?
Sustaining a creative practice has been the way I’ve oriented myself in the world for most of my life. Touching into creativity brings deep solace, and gives me a sense of place within myself. It is a homecoming. When I get too far from my practice, I feel disconnected from my internal compass. My light dims. But when I’m in touch with my imagination, all areas of life are enriched, including my relationships. Creativity empowers me to uncover and share nuances within my being that cannot be expressed through everyday language. That sort of raw connection inspires and enlivens me enormously.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a choreographer, performer, and facilitator. My creative and performance practices manifest in different forms, but movement is my first language. My creative approach is rooted in somatic investigation, deep listening, intuitive movement, meditation, and play. I am interested in how mindful, intentional, creative engagement with the body can unlock latent wisdom and potential within us. For the last few years, my work has centered around deep ecology; an environmental movement and philosophy which connects human life more equitably with the global ecosystem at large. It is a framework which helps us uncover, on a cellular level, our interrelatedness with the earth. My offerings explore how through witness and vulnerability we can face, cope with, and perhaps even shift the world’s current state of division and planetary disaster.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s a bit out of the city, but my new favorite spot is Mallard Falls in Altadena – a hike over there would be at the top of my list! I’d also set aside time to munch on the street food around Koreatown (Alchemy Organica for incredible vegan Mexican cuisine), plus all the vendors around 8th and Irolo. If some chill time was in order, I’d suggest an afternoon at Wispa for affordable bliss-out vibes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give major snaps to my partner, Zach Farr, who builds me up and inspires me everyday. He releases experimental indie pop music under the name Contemporary Adult — check out his stuff! My family has also been a huge source of love and support over the years, and have always encouraged and celebrated my creative work. I am also in deep gratitude for my collaborator and friend Julia Pryde Thompson (Isa Vidal)- she is an incredible musical artist, and our work together is what got the ball rolling for me creatively in Los Angeles. Last, but in no way least, I give a huge shout out to my Patreon community, whose continuous support means the absolute world to me!
Julia Pryde Thompson, Moira West