English dancer and assistant director/choreographer Emma Brunton made her Royal Opera House debut in 2006 in Will Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows. She has since performed several roles in Tuckett’s productions, including Pinocchio and Faeries, and has worked as assistant choreographer to Tuckett in The Thief of Baghdad, Pleasure’s Progress, Faeries and the Olivier Award-winning The Wind in the Willows. She made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Acrobat (La rondine) and returned later that year as assistant choreographer to Tuckett on Elizabeth for The Royal Ballet, first performed in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Brunton trained at Central School of Ballet and has expertise in such specializations as Bunraku puppetry, trapeze and aerial dance. As a performer she has worked with Blind Summit, Scottish Ballet, English National Opera, the Hanger Arts Trust and Decca Records, and on film in Rufus Norris’s London Road. Her work as an assistant choreographer includes Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne, for the Gala Ensemble and Sony BMG, and on film with Streetdance 3D. Her credits as choreographer include Pages (Pacific Playhouse) and Boris and Sergey II (Pleasance Courtyard).
Brunton’s work with Tuckett outside the Royal Opera House includes as a performer in Sitting Room Circus (Dance East and the Roundhouse) and The Crane Maiden (Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Japan), and working as associate choreographer on West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Soldier’s Tale (Parco, Japan).