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Paul Gordon Emerson by Alicia Canterna

Mr. Emerson is the Director of the Ciné film working group and the image maker of Company | E in addition to being the organization's Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director. His interest in film is life-long, and his introduction to dance came not from the classroom or the stage, but from the small screen watching classic Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals on Channel 9 in his native New York City.

Mr. Emerson's work in film and photography has distinguished Company | E through the organization's enduring focous on using these media to share the art and vision of the Company. The Company's films have been seen around the globe, and been presented at Festivals from Houston to Shanghai.

His commitment to using film in new ways led to the film division being awarded a DC Mayor's Arts Award for Innovation (2005), the highest award presented in the District of Columbia for such work. The Washington Times praised the Company's film work by saying "an art is born," and the Company's films have been presented at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in a special evening of the Company's dance films.

Mr. Emerson has organized and directed dance on camera workshops in partnership with Francisco Campos-Lopez in the West Bank, Cuba and China. Ciné is preparing a series of courses on dance for the camera.

With Mr. Campos-Lopez he has taken Ciné to five continents, with original films and documentaries illuminating the work of the Company. Now, with Boris Willis, the Company's "Chief Dance Technologist," the digital and film work of the Company is entering a new phase.

Mr. Emerson's work as an on-screen personality as the Host of "Performance Moves" was celebrated when the television magazine won an Addy Award as Best Magazine. During its three year run the program won three Addy Awards.

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