June 14, 7pm: glacial erratics/echo dune // created by Artist in Residence Tyler Rai
Spring 2019 Artist In Residence Performance featuring Tyler Rai
Friday, June 14 at 7pm
$10 online // $12 at the door
STUDIO4: 25 Main St, Northampton, MA
glacial erratics/echo dune
performance research with talk back presented by Tyler Rai
glacial erratics is a body of research and form of ceremony that allows space for embodiments of care, kinship, grief, and rebellion with and for the more-than-human world. glacial erratics focuses specifically on the transformation of glacial ice and its retreating existence from our planet. glacial erratics offers viewers space to consider their relationship to longer-than-human time scales and asks how we bear witness to that which is being lost in a changing climate. it asks how dancing for more-than-human life is a way to remember, retrieve, re-encounter, and embody a futurity that is yet to be known.
the piece is intended to be performed as a 75-minute long solo outside at a site that is geologically linked to the path of the Laurentide ice sheet, who carved the lands of the northeast 20,000 years ago. 75-minutes marks the time it took for the longest calving event recorded to occur. masses of ice being witnessed, parting. this is to acknowledge that we are losing extraordinary life on this planet, and that to move forward, we have to remember and care for what wisdom we are losing with the loss of glaciers.
glacial erratics honors the existence of more-than-human origin stories, and how beings like glaciers shape the ground beneath our feet. it also focuses on what can live inside the aftermath of decay, what thrives inside of the rubble left behind. it honors listening through the ground. becoming loyal to it. the body as conduit. listening for the hum of the world. dance as a form of remediation, healing, and survival.
Tyler Rai is an improvisor, dancer, and collaborative artist currently based in Amherst, Massachusetts (Nipmuck/Pocumtuc territory). She creates performances to dialogue with the more-than-human; including rivers, mountains, and the ghosts of melting glaciers. 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. Her works have been performed in fields, abandoned cabins, river-edges, aboard SWALE - a barge and floating food-forest in Sunset Park, and most recently at Judson Memorial Church (NYC). She has been an artist-in-residence at The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, MakeRoom Minneapolis, The Domestic Performance Agency, Earthdance, RedHorse Studios, The Sable Project and has guest taught at Middlebury College and UMASS Amherst. She received her BA from Bennington College and is a certified Tamalpa Life/Art Practitioner.