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 modern dance.
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".
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 Asubtout, Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, DCrum, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Lyndsey Karr, Sam Kim, Karinne Keithley, Jen McGinn, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, Katy Pyle, and Ann Liv Young.
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 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 University of the Arts teaching Dance History/Theory/Criticism .
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 colloborative 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 was raised in New Jersey. She has a fraternal twin sister, older sister, and phenomenal parents.
She holds a BA and MFA in Dance from Hollins University.