Emma Brunton

Dragons and Beasts Live


Emma Brunton

Associate Director

British Movement Director, Puppet Director, Assistant Director and Dancer, Emma Brunton, trained at Tring Park and the Central School of Ballet. Splitting her time between Opera, Dance, and Music Theatre, Emma’s recent projects have included Puppetry Director for Madagascar the Musical (Selladoor Worldwide); Christmas Carol - a fairy tale (Wilton’s Music Hall, London), and The Christmasaurus Live (Tom Fletcher/Hammersmith Apollo); Puppetry and Movement director for a double bill of Iolanta and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Royal Academy of Music); Movement Director for a new co-production of La Cenerentola (Opera Holland Park & Danish National Opera); Associate Choreographer The Soldier’s Tale (ROH/Japan), The Wind in the Willows at the Vaudeville Theatre, London; Assistant Choreographer for Elizabeth (Royal Ballet), a new production of Pinocchio (National Ballet of Canada), the world première of Secret Garden (Sarasota Ballet), Grimaldi (Royal Shakespeare Company), ‘Singing through puppets’ A Midsummer Nights Dream (Chroma), and an Alice in Wonderland evening (Royal Opera House). 

Further projects include, as a Choreographer, Boris & Sergey II Perilous Escapade (Pleasance Courtyard), and Pages (The Pacific Playhouse); as Associate Choreographer, West Side Story (The Sage, Gateshead); as Assistant Director/Choreographer, Faeries, The Thief of Baghdad (ROH), Pleasure’s Progress (ROH; Dance East; Latitude Festival; The Lowry Theatre); as Assistant Choreographer, The Wind in the Willows (ROH & Duchess Theatre), Elizabeth (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio), Van Clef & Arpels (ROH/Buckingham Palace), Street Dance 3D (Vertigo Films), The Gala Concert (Sony BMG); and as Assistant Director, Hansel & Gretel (Iford Arts Festival).

As a performer she has extensive experience in ballet and contemporary dance, as well as working in aerial dance, as acrobat and trapeze artist, and in Bunraku puppetry. Previous highlights include Acrobat La Rondine (Royal Opera House), the Title role/Puppeteer/Dancer Crane Maiden (Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Japan); Dancer Otello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Fledermaus (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Dancer Fairy queen (English National Opera; Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona); Rabbit/Weasel The Wind in the Willows, and Cat Pinocchio (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); Dancer The Nutcracker and Cinderella (Scottish Ballet); Folk & Cossack Dancer Tziganka (Heart of the Jester, UK Tour), Aerialist/Contemporary Dancer Ijad (UK Tour), Aerialist/Dancer Masque (Decca Records), Puppeteer/Actor Sitting Room Circus (Dance East & The Roundhouse); Dancer/Puppeteer/Actor Faeries (Royal Opera House; The Egg, Bath); and as Trapeze Artists/Aerialist/Dancer Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus, and Aerialist/Dancer The Love Pet (Hanger Arts Trust). In film and TV she has featured in Rufus Norris’s London Road (Cuba Pictures), Bridgette Jones Diary (Working Title), The Baftas, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (LWT), Trigger Happy TV (Channel 4), and various pop videos for MTV.

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