Tyler Rai

Tyler Rai


Artist Statement: My work as an artist is to incite communion through performance-based practices and dialogues. The dances I make are site-responsive mediations that center embodied knowledge as the primary organizational tool.  My practice relies on embodied research to communicate complex histories of biocultural relationships within specific ecological systems. My inspiration is derived from love for the more-than-human world. I desire that my creative practice be one that is regenerative to its environment and is an invocation to other’s creativity. The work is about creating invitations. 

Bio: Tyler Rai is a performance artist, writer, and researcher. Her approach to performance and research is shaped by the work of multiple teachers including Anna Halprin, K.J. Holmes, Mina Nishimura, Emily Johnson and Suprapto Suryodarmo, among others. 

Rai’s performance work has been presented at ARC Pasadena, Judson Church, SPACE Gallery, and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. She has received support from the American Geophysical Union, Northampton Council for the Arts and has been an artist-in-residence at Bennington College, UMASS Amherst, Earthdance, The Sable Project, and Works on Water on Governors Island. She has given lectures about her work in the arts and sciences to students at The Governor’s Institute of the Arts, UMASS Amherst, and the Land Arts of the American West program at University of New Mexico.

Her writing has been published by Contact Quarterly, John Hopkins Center for Humanities and Social Medicine magazine, Culturebot, MA Bibliotheque, and LOAM.

She is a co-founder of the curatorial collective, ERRATICS, with Nina Elder and Hannah Perrine Mode, and instigator of transdisciplinary collective, Hungry Mothers. 

Rai is passionate about supporting other artists through her work as an independent producer and is a certified Tamalpa Life/Art practitioner. She received her B.A. from Bennington College.