- 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. 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. She has been honored with the ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Choreography, was a recipient of the Gertude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets for a collection of her poems, received a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and was nominated for a Bessie 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, University of the Arts, Long Island University, and North Carolina State University.
She teaches Senior Citizens the love of drawing an arc through space at the Senior League of Flatbush, the Senior League of Midwood, and the Park Slope Senior Center. The Brooklyn Arts Council awarded her with a 2014-2013 SPARC Grant to make dances, ""Everyday Waters" and "Sea Vision", at the JASA Scheurer Senior Center in Coney Island, working with adults who were most affected by Hurricane Sandy. Both works received acclaim by the Seniors who attended the shows during their lunch hour. 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 Putney School Summer Program, Long Island University, and University of the Arts teaching Dance Technique/Improvisation/Composition, Dance History/Theory/Criticism, Pedagogy of Performance Labs, Creative Practices, and a course investigating the pre-semiotic compositional parallels between dance and poetry.
Her work has been seen at MoMA PS 1, the American Dance Festival, America Realness, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Knitting Factory, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, The Center (LGBT Community Center), Draftworks at Danspace Project, CATCH at the Invisible Dog, Joyce SoHo, The Flea, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Galapagos, AUNTS, Wuk (Austria), You Have to Burn to Shine (Paris), and most distinctly in the living room of Communist/Activist Paul Robeson.
As a performer she has worked with Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Beth Gill, 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, older sister, and phenomenal parents.
She holds a BA and MFA in Dance from Hollins University.