Tyra Wigg (SE/CH)
*nonbinary pronouns like hen, ty, they, iel...

Tyra is working in the expanded field of performing arts, with ty’s base in contemporary dance and somatic practices. Ty develops choreographic and theatrical frameworks with an interest to connect sentient awareness with sustainability and queer-feminist perspectives. With an urgency to physically and cognitively connect with ty’s audience, Tyra transforms the stage into a space for rest and collective contemplation which distances itself from the competitive neoliberal society.

After ty’s dance studies in Stockholm, Tyra has worked as a dancer, performer and co-creator in a wide range of contexts. Since 2017 ty is touring in the piece CROWD by Gisèle Vienne (FR) and in the winter of 2021 ty is part of Inga Gerner Nielsen’s (DE) interactive performance “Mise-en-Scène of care work”. Previously ty has been working with artists such as Heiner Goebbels, Marina Abramovic, Shu Lea Cheang, Olof Runsten, Éva Mag, Alexandra Pirici, Adele Essle Zeiss, Marie Fahlin, Dorte Olesen, Virpi Pahkinen and Stefan Metz.

In 2019 Tyra premiered ty’s first full-evening choreographic piece NAPS at Weld in Stockholm, and in 2020 the 30-minute solo ”middle time” at SITE/Specific festival. Alongside ty’s artistic work Tyra has over ten years’ experience working as a massage therapist, specialized in deep tissue massage. As a way of expanding the notion of massage and physical touch during the pandemic ty developed the 1-on-1 interactive performance phone massage, which was presented at BONE Performance Art Festival in Bern November 2021. Tyra’s interest in manual healing methods, as well as ty’s personal background as a care worker, lay ground for PHYSICAL EMPATHY -Tyra’s latest piece for stage which premiered at Weld in September 2021. 

Further facts...

Tyra is an associated artist of Weld in Stockholm and Roxy Birsfelden/Basel.

2021 ty received the DanceWeb Scholarship at Impulstanz in Vienna and 2019-20 ty was selected Artist in residence at SITE in Stockholm. 

Since 2021 Tyra is part of the Motherboard of 
Blasphemic Reading Soirées- a nomadic platform for queer feminist reading and discussion culture. http://blasphemicreadings.com/

Since 2010 Tyra works as a certified massage therapist in deep tissue massage. Ty is receiving clients in ty’s studio in Basel and on ty’s travels. For more information and time booking:  www.btwbodywork.ch

                                     Photo: Sascha Rijkeboer