Ty Boomershine ©Jubal Battisti
„As a young dancer, I always gravitated towards the older dancers that I saw perform and got to know in classes, both for their abilities and for the weight, emotionally and intellectually, that they carried with them, on and off stage. As I'm now in my 40s, I've found the emphasis on youth in the current dance work on display disappointing. I've seen several examples of companies celebrating the "older" dancer, but this is usually regarding dancers well into their retirement, not dancers who are currently active but aren't in their 20s. So the opportunity to be a part of this project is very exciting and relevant for me.“
Ty Boomershine, born in the USA in 1968, studied dance at the Fort Hayes School for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, completing his studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In addition to dancing with various companies (including the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Emio Greco | PC, the Merce Cunningham Repertory Emsemble, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Leine Roebana Dance, Dance Works Rotterdam and ICKamsterdam), he has also performed in various works by individual choreographers, e.g. Dan Wagoner, Gus Solomons Jr., Ton Simons and Giulia Mureddu. He was involved – as rehearsal manager and dancer – in the Field Dances in Robert Wilson’s opera Einstein on the Beach. Since 2007, he has been Artistic Assistant for Lucinda Childs. He was also tour manager for Pere Faura and Nicole Beutler.
He has been presenting his own choreographic works since 1993, at Movement Research and at Danspace Project in New York, as well as at OT301 and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. At ICKamsterdam, he undertook curatorial and organisational tasks as well as rehearsal management for Emio Greco, Pieter Scholten and guest companies.
He taught the technique he learned with Merce Cunningham at various companies, including Dansgroep Amsterdam, Dance Works Rotterdam, Emio Greco | PC, Krisztina de Chatel, Kamea Dance Company and Lucinda Childs Dance as well as at different international academies and universities, and festivals. He has given workshops and master classes at the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and Emio Greco | PC.
Ty Boomershine has been a member of the Dance On Ensemble since 2015 and is its Artistic Director since 2019.