Mike Tyus || The Playground NYC
The Playground NYC
Thursday, 08/11 || 6:00-7:45pm, $6
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway, NYC
Entrance 53A Chambers Street
The Playground NYC allows dancers to experience various choreographic styles and ideas, engage with a new community of dancers, and gather resourceful information and inspiration from the array of choreographers involved. In turn, established choreographers are paid for their creative investigations, are given free space to explore new movements with professional dancers, and are provided with the opportunity to establish relationships with new dancers and fellow choreographers.
An in-person workshop focused on the exploration and creation of contemporary dance through the perspective of Mike Tyus. Utilizing improvisation, ballet technique, floor work, and the imagination to break past the limits of the human body and gain access to something greater than dance.
Mike Tyus was Born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Los Angeles, California where he first started training in dance, gymnastics, and wrestling at several academies throughout the city. Each teacher invoked a different movement style and provided a unique drumbeat for Tyus. This would inform him for years to come has he redefines dance in a modern world. Tyus has been performing and creating dance for the stage, print, and screen for over 15 years. He has worked with Cirque Du Soleil, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Whim Whim Contemporary Dance, Apple, Veuve Clicquot, Facebook, FKA Twigs, Sia, MTV, Danny Elfman, Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, W Magazine, The Broad Museum, and Jacob Jonas The Company. His pursuit for truth and human connection through the performing arts continues to lead him on quite an adventure, 20 countries and 4 continents. Traveling has given him a broader perspective on how to relate to the world through story and given him a thirst for diverse interactions. Through his experience as a performer he's gained insight on how to lead artists to finding their individual voice and crafting visually exciting moments that evoke emotion on stage. Community and Creation are at the core of Tyus’ mission and continue to drive his efforts in crafting work that feeds the human spirit and reflects the times in which we live in.
PC: Mark Hill