Mike Tyus is an Award Winning dancer, choreographer, and creative director from Los Angeles California. He has been performing and creating dance for the stage, print, and screen for over 15 years. Tyus has created branded campaigns for Vaara, Anthropologie, Veuve Clicquot, Club Monaco, and Abercrombie. He has worked as a performer with Cirque Du Soleil in “IRIS” at the Kodak Theater in LA and “KOOZA” as “The Trickster” - “a devilish ringleader”. Tyus Joined Pilobolus Dance Theater in 2013 performing works by Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, Penn & Teller , and Isreali choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack, while also creating company repertory that is still performed today. Tyus was recently awarded a creative residency at Orsolina28 in Moncalvo, Italy to begin the creation of “Hunger” a dance work exploring human sexuality and the cravings that drive us. He has worked with Apple and The Broad Museum to create short dance films during a time when live performances were not possible. When live performances became acceble again he was invited by The Broad Museum to perform “Trio A” by Yvonne Rainer. In the 2021/22 season Tyus was commissioned to create stage works for Visceral Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Manhatten Youth Ballet, Ziru Dance, University of Utah Senior Class, and The Lines Ballet Training Program. He also choreographed a Facebook spot directed by FKA Twigs and a music video for Nigerian artist Adekunle Gold . He is a founding member of Jacob Jonas The Company and an Associate Producer for Films.Dance. His print work has been featured in Vogue Italia, W Magazine, and LALA Magazine. 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.
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