Robert Tyree is a choreographer, educator and digital service deliverer based in Portland, Oregon.
A child of rural Washington, for Tyree performance came first through athletics and community theater before city living introduced club dancing. Robert has pursued dance training at Seattle’s University of Washington, Montréal’s after-hours clubs, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Vienna’s danceWEB program (ImPulzTanz 2011).
His earliest work pursued a concept of intensive dance through performance and publication. Discos with Deleuze, lofting with Lacan—basically club dancing meets critical theory. This culminated in the all-ages All-Night Dance as well as the design + discourse chapbook Intensive Dance. Another series of work paired blogging and dance for video with an enigmatic, improvised solo. This was a two-year collaboration with celebrated Romanian poet Andra Rotaru and a mutually imagined character, Lemur.
Tyree has worked with several choreographers in Portland including Tahni Holt, Linda Austin, Lucy Lee Yim, Pepper Pepper, and Meshi Chavez.
Tyree is co-instigator of FRONT, a Portland-based newspaper devoted to fostering dialogs and literacy around contemporary dance. Additionally, his performance writings have been published online through outlets including Claudia La Rocco’s Performance Club and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.