Allemande Left

Written by Eric Shekerjian, the music for Allemande Left was commissioned for an original dance piece choreographed by Emily Kessler. Allemande Left is a readaptation of what was originally performed as For Sol.

Inspired by Sol Lewitt, the music and dance explore the nuances of simple gestural phrases through the use of repetition; creating patterns for the development and deconstruction of fractals.

“Allemande Left dissects Sol Lewitt's early wall drawings and translates them into dancescape. The work is primarily inspired by the contents and instructions of "Wall Drawing #146", where five types of line are arranged sequentially on one another, splayed into grand space. A rumination and extrapolation of a methodical structure, "Allemande Left" takes five dancers through a maze of their own making.“ - Emily Kessler

Premiere: Allemande Left: Triskelion Arts, Muriel Theater (2019)

Other Performances: For Sol: Dixon Place, Manhattan, NY (2018)

Starlings Murmuration

Starlings Murmuration is an original dance piece choreographed by Emily Kessler.

The music for Starlings Murmuration, titled Mercury, was written in collaboration with Hannah Thompson. Section I is an algorithmic electronic piece made up of several layers indeterminately cycling through melodic patterns. Sections II - IV were developed through a series of improvisations on prepared guitar.

“Starlings Murmuration follows the interactions of a group. The dancers mill and swarm, fixating on a central person or point of movement. They rely on each other to become bigger than themselves, but at times stray from the flock - either to return and appreciate their community even more, or to express their individual spirit.“ - Emily Kessler

Premiere: Dance Theatre Lab, Purchase, NY (2017)

Other Performances:

Austin Dance Festival, Austin, Texas (2018)

CreativeMes Dance Festival, Mount Vernon (2018)

Eric Shekerjian: Production, Programming , Prepared Guitar

Hannah Thompson: Co-Producer, Vocals

Tom Forletti: Double Bass

Ending Precedence

Ending Precedence is a site specific installation that was made in collaboration with Emily Kessler.

Eric Shekerjian and Emily Kessler independently developed music and dance in response to the Leandro Erlich installation, Ports of Reflection, in the Neuberger Museum of Art. The music and dance did not directly interact with one another, but rather existed simultaneously within the same space, allowing incidental shared moments to create the illusion of reflection.

The performance occured in the gallerie space allowing the sounds and movement of audience to be an extension of the piece.

Premiere: Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (2017)