Emily Bowman

emily bowman

Emily Bowman is an independent dance artist, teacher, performer and choreographer. She will be in residence in 2018 with Joey Lehrer, an internationally respected Contact Improvisation (CI) teacher, writer and performer.

Emily Bowman is an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher newly based in Melbourne, after having spent almost a decade in Perth. She actually grew up just down the road from Bundanon, in the small coastal town of Berrara. Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) in 2013. Her artistic practice is grounded in Contact Improvisation, movement research and real-time choreography, where loss, vulnerability and resilience are recurrent themes and her ongoing interest when making work. Emily teaches regularly across Australia, and has taught/performed in Malaysia, India, British Columbia, Germany and the United States. She is a co-producer of the Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence (ACIC); an annual national event bringing 120 dancers together from around Australasia and a co-producer of

magazine podcast with Joey Lehrer; a podcast designed for transferring knowledge between dance improvisation artists in Australia. This year Emily choreographed and premiered her new work “Moving Still”on the WAAPA 1st year dance students. She is currently the recipient of an Australia Council Career Development grant and a Strut Dance seed residency, and was an Australia Council Artstart recipient in 2014.

Joey Lehrer is an internationally respected Contact Improvisation (CI) teacher, writer and performer. In 2011, he taught at the 12th annual International Contact Festival Freiburg in Germany and at the inaugural Contact Festival Kuala Lumpur, as well as leading workshops in Chicago and Washington D.C. He has been teaching in Australia and New Zealand for 15 years, including the West Coast Intensive, Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence (ACIC) and numerous local labs and workshops. At a tertiary level, Joey has also taught and assessed for Deakin University and the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University), and at Auckland University. Joey has been a key contributor to the CI community in Australia as an organiser of ACIC and co-editor of

magazine. He is a regularly publisher writer on the CI form, with articles appearing in , Contact Quarterly and online journal, Kinetic Thoughts. Joey has performed CI internationally in Kuala Lumpur, Freiburg and Earthdance (USA), and in Australia with The Boys (2003-2006, incl. Melbourne Festival 2003), Gravitate (2005-2009, incl. Melbourne Festival 2007) and as a founding member of The Little Con (2005-2010).
A male and female dancer

Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer


Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer will use their time at Bundanon for practice, research and investigation. Their practice is grounded in their base modality of Contact Improvisation, and spans across performance, research, teaching and writing. Here they will drill down into their practice, with a focus on deepening levels of instantaneous decision-making in a performance context.

Joey Lehrer

Joey Lehrer