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Emily Sweeney is a dance artist and educator. She has collaborated with sound/visual artist William “Bilwa” Costa as Perpetual Movement Sound since 2006. Emily has been artist-in-residence at STEIM (Amsterdam), Gallery Titanik (Turku, Finland), PRISMA Forum (Oaxaca/Mexico City), Community Education Center, NEXUS/foundation for today’s art, and the Mascher Space Cooperative (Philadelphia). She has performed in Berlin at VeneKlasen/Werner Gallery in Spencer Sweeney’s exhibition Teatr Laboratorium; in Turku, Finland at the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art; in Vienna at the opening of the 2009 European Rhythmics Congress, and at FLUTEN, a performance series in a defunct 19th-century water tower. In Philadelphia she has performed in the bowerbird performance series and the Philly Fringe. In spring 2011 Emily was adjunct professor at Marlboro College. She has also been a guest lecturer at Turku University of Applied Sciences. Emily has performed in the work of the Emergent Improvisation Ensemble, Brigitta Herrmann/AUSDRUCKSTANZ, and Austrian dance artist Mariella Greil. She received her BA in Dance and Literature from Bennington College, where she studied with Dana Reitz, Susan Sgorbati, Eva Karczag, and Terry Creach. Emily’s work highlights the body’s most basic processes—breath, skin sensation, muscle contraction—and how they influence movement generation. She also designs improvised scores that are inspired by neurobiology’s current understandings of sensory perception and memory. Collaboration with other dancers, musicians, theorists, and artists of all types is central to Emily’s practice, and she develops methods that allow artists to enter one another’s material and find new processes for collaboration. Improvisation forms the basis for all of her work. Emily is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.