Outside Emily

  • Panizza, Nicole (Principal Investigator)
  • Hanna, Suzie (Principal Investigator)
  • Bayley, Sally (Principal Investigator)
  • Sanders, Hannah (Principal Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


The subject of this project is the creation of a collaborative improvised multidisciplinary performance that invites the audience to consider the authentic temporal experience of a day in the life of the poet Emily Dickinson.

The underpinning research focuses on her envelope writings, her daily domestic rituals, and her own sonic world in which she practised and performed, as evidenced in her folio of piano pieces and popular songs. Dickinson’s miniature envelope writings, or fragments, create small windows into her daily observations, feelings and experience. Repetitive duties such as cooking, sewing and ironing left small moments in-between for writing down her inspirations, feelings and reflections.

Her accomplishment as a piano player involved another repetitive daily experience in the attendant practice and finger exercises. Ballads that she sang would segué into the rhythm of Dickinson’s poetry. The fragments could themselves be interpreted as small balladries sung in snatches.
Short titleExperimental Dickinson
Effective start/end date1/06/16 → …

Collaborative partners


  • Emily Dickinson
  • Poetry
  • Music
  • Animation
  • Performance
  • gender studies
  • American studies


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