I create thought-provoking experiences for my audience, often blending aerial and dance. I'm passionate about producing site-specific and transmedia works.
My dance-aerial piece "been thinking..." was voted audience favorite at the NYC10 spring 2014 festival.
Creating custom performances is a specialty of mine; my work includes a spy-themed aerial ballet for the SpyGirl Pictures launch party, a site-specific dance within an art installation, a 1920's-inspired aerial fabric act for a wedding, contemporary ballet and aerial collaborations with Ballet Inc, site specific choreography featuring a cast of twelve for the Wix IPO party, and original aerial and dance pieces for the bands Earthside and Huff This. With ABCirque I've created several pieces for the band Cordis and a fabric solo for the Bloomingdale's holiday window reveal.
photo by Andrew T. Foster
Wake is an interactive multimedia performance that integrates motion-capture, virtual reality, and motion controls with the ancient practice of the exquisite corpse for a beautifully emergent, immersive experience.
Created by Lisa Jamhoury, Mahe Dewan and Jarrett Slavin
Choreographed & Performed by Kyla Ernst-Alper
Producer: ABCirque & Fox/The Greatest Showman
I choreographed an aerial fabric solo that I performed while sharing the stage with singer and actress Keala Settle.
Composer: Jamie van Dyck of Earthside
Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon
Dancers: Kyla Ernst-Alper & Wade Watson
Choreography by: Aaron Atkins, Kyla Ernst-Alper, Matthew Ortner
Executive Producer: Earthside
Produced by Spring Street Social Society, “Being Flynn” was an enchanting promotional performance series, centered on the building’s namesake and bon vivant, Flynn – revealing a voyeuristic snapshot into his stylish apartment as he engages with an eclectic cast of neighbors, lovers, and friends.
I created the choreography for my character, "the Ballerina."
Readymade Cabaret uses Duchamp’s notions of chance and readymades to celebrate the beauty of chance encounters. The scenes that are performed, and the order in which they are performed, depend on the roll of the dice; so in any given performance, the audience sees 1 of a hundred million possible plays.
The Spring 2015 run of Readymade Cabaret was supported in part by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Conceived and Directed by Erin B. Mee
#TweetDances by Kyla Ernst-Alper
Text by Jessie Bear
Scenic/Art Design by Sam Silbiger
Stage Management by Sophia Cohen Smith