Emily Wexler is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. Her work shapes itself through an intense desire to uncover gravity of meaning by layering aspects of memory, sorrow, fear, sincerity, humor, urgency and love. Her motivation and perspective has been profoundly influenced through the practice of ballet and modern dance.
Wexler challenges herself to work with people in a highly physical, poetic and responsible capacity in order to discover the possibilities of deconstructing our known realities to find what and how we are. She intentionally does not organize her work/process through a company model, but chooses to work collectively with those that lend themselves to her ideas. By honoring the collaborative relationships with the artists involved, significance can be revealed through a continual and ever-shifting investigation of space, time and imagination (dance, duh). This intention creates an opening for the audience to be able to relate to the work in an active and engaged manner. She is committed to dance as an art form working towards social justice.
She has been supported for her choreography through various awards from academic, public and private funding. In 2008, she was honored with the ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Choreography, in 2000 she was a recipient of the Gertude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets for a collection of her poems, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her performance in Yvonne Meier's "Mad Heidi."
In recent years, she has extended her work through teaching and making with students at Hollins University, Dickinson College, University of Memphis, the American Dance Festival, University City Arts League, American College Dance Festival and the University of the Arts. She teaches senior citizens the love of drawing an arc through space at the Senior League of Flatbush and the Park Slope Senior Center. The Brooklyn Arts Council recently awarded her with a 2013 SPARC Grant to make a new dance at the JASA Scheurer Senior Center in Coney Island, working with adults who were most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The work will be shown in June 2013. Previously, she received a 2012 SPARC Grant to work with the senior citizens of the Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center resulting in the production of "Ghost Stories," shown in June 2012. It was crazy. Currently, she is on faculty at the University of the Arts teaching Dance History/Theory/Criticism and Pedagogy of Performance Labs.
Her work has been seen abroad and more locally in venues such as the American Dance Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, the Knitting Factory, Center for Performance Research, the Center (LGBT Community Center), Draftworks at Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, Joyce SoHo, the Flea, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Galapagos, AUNTS and the Paul Robeson House, among others.
As a performer, she has worked with Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Diana Crum, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Karinne Keithley, Jen McGinn, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier and Katy Pyle.
She was raised in New Jersey. She has a fraternal twin sister, an older sister and phenomenal parents.
She has a BA and MFA in Dance from Hollins University.
Class Schedule, Fall 2016
|M||02:30PM - 05:20PM||Dance History, Theory, Crit II|
|TH||02:30PM - 05:20PM||Dance History, Theory, Crit II|
|W||04:00PM - 08:20PM||Collab: Before Utterance|