My work as an artist is to incite communion through performance-based practices and dialogues. I explore the implications of geologic movement, urban infrastructure, and collaborative assembly through embodied practice.
The classes I teach emphasize community creativity and use improvisation as a practice that supports acts of emergence, self-inquiry and belonging. The work is about creating invitations. In this class we will explore dance-as-kinetic-altar-making practice that aims to honor relational empathy with the more-than-human world.
Tyler Rai is an improvisor, dancer, and collaborative artist currently based in Amherst, Massachusetts (Nipmuck/Pocumtuc Territory). Through performance and movement improvisation, her research questions how we embody kinship and relational empathy with the other/more-than-human-world. She is currently developing a body of research focused on grief and reverence for the glacial bodies of this earth. Her works have been performed in fields, abandoned cabins, river-edges, aboard SWALE – a barge and floating food-forest in Sunset Park, and Judson Memorial Church (NYC). She has performed in the works of K.J.Holmes, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Bouchra Ouizguen, Athena Kokoronis/Domestic Performance Agency, Mina Nishimura, and is the instigator of the temporal collective, Hungry Mothers (www.hungrymothers.org). Rai received her BA from Bennington College and is a certified Tamalpa Life/Art Practitioner.