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Emma Portner


As one of the most prominent voices in the movement industry, Emma Portner has become widely known for her inimitable quality and complex devotion to the craft of dance. The actor, dancer, director-choreographer and musician has been recognized for her unique and “almost-paranormal” ability to shift the space around her since she was a teenager. In 2012, Portner moved to New York City to study at The Ailey School and soon thereafter became the youngest woman in history to choreograph a musical on London’s West End. Before she was 20 years old, she had garnered millions of international views through dance on film and worked with the Music Industry’s biggest names. Movement Direction includes Emma Watson, Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers, Sylvan Esso, Apple, Netflix, Vogue, Sony Pictures and Prada. Their work has performed at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, New York City Center and Theater Champs-Elysees. The New York Times calls her “beguiling,” Paper magazine listed Portner in “PAPER Predictions: 100 people to watch in 2019.” Dance Magazine writes, “anyone who has seen her dance can recognize the ferocity with which she throws her body and seemingly her soul”. Most recently, her acclaimed ballet “islands” for the Norwegian National Ballet shared a tour with quintessential choreographers Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, and Ohad Naharin. At 26 years old, she received glowing international reviews stating the likes of: “Emma Portner shines extra bright in Dialogues Star Parade.” Portner continues to prove her versatility, portraying Gozer the Gozerian in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and multiple roles in A24’s upcoming film “I saw the TV Glow”. Forever a student, she continues to use movement to spread beauty in all its forms.

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