A dancer and choreographer, Szemessy has training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Hungarian folk dance, Graham and Cunningham technique and Gaga. She is deeply engaged in theory as well as practice and seeks to create hybrid works that combine performance, discussion, and action. A recent performance Listen was inspired by the research of psychologist Alison Gopnik on the types of human attention. After 16 dance solos, each lasting about 25 seconds, audience members were questioned about their observance of particular details, to create a personal chart of their mode of listening.
Szemessy looked forward to meeting and collaborating with colleagues and organizations in the U.S. who were exploring alternative investigative methods and blurring the borders between art and pedagogy.