Emma Portner
Dancer / Choreographer

Dance is my life. It has kept me alive. Performance is a natural extension of it and through it. I’ve made my most cherished human connections. The more I perform, the more I understand what it is to choreograph, and the more I choreograph, the more I understand the real value of performance. I love to perform on stage, but am rarely given a stage for my “own” ideas to have a habitat. Dance has made me create my own stage and I’m just on it everyday – with or without the “traditional idea” of performance. Performing with people I love is when I am my happiest. I don’t really like to do a solo these days because I am a recluse in my real life. That’s not what I want to bring to people. I want to bring them what they don’t see walking down the street. I want to bring them the whole damn street. I want to bring them what I wish my world to be. What I wish the whole world could be. Not just my world.

– Emma Portner
Interview with Ana Brankovic / WWMM

Femme Debout, Trailer
You Don’t Live Here Anymore
Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie
Our 4th Year Anniversary
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We are rounding out our fourth year with over 2 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has...
International Women’s Day / 2021
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A Look Back on 2020
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The Shadow Pandemic
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This other virus, which has existed for a far greater period of time and whose rate of contagion is...
Elimination of Violence
Art, Women & Awareness
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International Women’s Day / 2019
March 8, 2019
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Emma Portner / Femme Debout
Premiere / August 9, 2018
Emma Portner’s complex and delicate choreography draws on the grotesque, the artificial, and extreme emotionality, her extraordinary performances leaving...