Emma Downey studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where she specialised in costume and set design. In Dublin, her home town, she worked for several years as a costume designer, assistant and maker as well as gaining a little experience in set design.
She has worked a lot in live performance, especially dance, experimental theatre and opera, and also in film and television. She has worked with Brokentalkers, junk ensemble, eX Ensemble, Atalante Ensemble, Night Star Ensemble, RADE, Smashing Times, and Paper Dolls.
She moved to Vienna in 2014 and has worked in Kammer Oper there for the Trigonale Festival.
- Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 for "Bird with boy" (junk ensemble)
- Nominated Best Overall Design, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 for "Bird with boy" (junk ensemble)
The Falling Song explored extremes of male physicality. So the costume for the dancers had to be chosen with movement in mind. The idea for the colour palette came from images of images apples that had fallen from trees and rotted in the ground. This allowed for a subtly beautiful, but still masculine range of shades that felt relevant to the themes of the piece.