Tyler Rai is a dance-maker, facilitator, improvisor, and collaborative artist, currently based in Amherst, Massachusetts and New York City.
In her works, she focuses on cultivating embodied relationships with land and the cosmos. Her site-responsive choreographies open dialogues about history, memory, and the agency of the natural world.
Her workshops foster community engagement and creativity by exploring improvisation, materiality, movement arts, and perception. Past workshop themes have included embodied experiences of land and site, urban architecture, and reciprocal practices with the natural world.
She holds a B.A. in Dance and Community Studies from Bennington College, a certificate in Somatic Education and Anna Halprin's Life/Art Process.
She has had the privilege to work with K.J. Holmes, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, Bouchra Ouizguen, and Mina Nishimura. She is grateful for the tutelage of Anna Halprin, Susan Sgorbati, Jan Burkhardt, Sigal Zouk, Nora Chipaumire, and Dana Reitz.
She believes in collective creativity as the means to wholeness and a re-definition of progress.