bio

nyx zierhut is a mixed black tenderqueer performer, poet, healer, and educator. a creator of visceral aesthetic and political interventions, they currently guide #BlackTouch somatic healing workshops for people of African descent, and share ritual in the wake of state sanctioned violence and trauma. they facilitate political education on intersectional queer feminism, social justice, anti-racism, and TGNCNB2SI (Trans, Gender-Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Two-Spirit, and Intersex) liberation. nyx holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art & Performance, with fellowships, residencies, collaborations, performances, and presentations of their work across three continents. in a practice of decolonization, somatic healing, and transformative justice, they offer embodied and energetic medicine for collective liberation, including movement, sound, meditation, yoga, divination, listening, and love. nyx was born in Lenapehoking (New York, NY) and is growing home in Bulbancha (New Orleans, Louisiana).

 

recent & upcoming facilitation


Buddhist Peace Fellowship: Block Build Be EcoJustice Gathering
Black Love Convergence
Black Equinox: Tasting Pleasure
Black Solstice: Darkness is Light
Allied Media Conference
Another Gulf Is Possible
Arts and Democracy: Decolonizing Cultural Organizing
Alternate ROOTS
Rhode Island School of Design
Goddard College
Food for Thought Books
LAVA
Studio 34

 


#BlackTouch
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Black people need the medicine of our bodies. In a society that demonizes and hypersexualizes black bodies touching we create a container for liberatory physical dialogue to bring connection, unity, and transformation. Participants explore somatic techniques rooted in compassion and shared presence, releasing tension and recalling our innate worth and value as beings. Together we share the wisdom of our bodies to organize and heal, to affirm that we are not alone.

 

selected performances & presentations

The Freedom Theatre of Jenin (Occupied Palestine)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA NYC)
The Brooklyn Academy of Music
New York Live Arts
Dixon Place
PS 1 / MoMA
BRIC
Danspace at St. Mark’s Church
Movement Research at Judson Church
Rhode Island School of Design
Barnard College
Smith College
Hampshire College
Goddard College
Concordia University
Tulane University
Cafe Istanbul
Pangea World Theater
Links Hall

 

CESTA (Cultural Exchange Station – Tábor, Czech Republic)
Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen, Germany)
Montréal arts interculturels (MAI)
Qouleur
Studio 303
Alternate ROOTS
The Theater Offensive
Northampton Center for the Arts
Urban Research Theatre
Intersection for the Arts
CounterPULSE
Noh Space
Studio 34
Earthdance
DapperQ
LAVA
The Ballez
numerous other organizations, venues, & schools


streets, sands, stairwells
walls, woods, waters

 

residencies & mentorships

Dancing While Black Choreographic Fellowship, BAX, Brooklyn, NY
Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, New Orleans, LA
Collective Feminisms Residency / Color Block, Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany
Walker Foundation Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
EmergeNYC, The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at New York University, New York, NY
Artist's Residency, Mount Tremper Arts Center, Mount Tremper, NY
E|MERGE
Interdisciplinary Artists' Residency, Earthdance, Plainfield, MA
Artist's Residency, Earthdance, Plainfield, MA
Walk with Me Mentorship with Sharon Bridgforth, National Performance Network / Links Hall, Chicago, IL
Artist in Residence, Cultural Exchange Station (CESTA), Tábor, Czech Republic

 

degrees & certifications

Bachelor of Arts: Writing and Performance, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Master of Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Graduate Studies: Contemporary Performance, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
Yoga Teacher Training, Studio 34, Philadelphia, PA
Thai Yoga Massage (levels 1–3), Integral Yoga Institute, New York, NY
Daring to be Powerful Community Organizing, Audre Lorde Project, New York, NY
Community HIV/AIDS Educator, New York State Department of Health, New York, NY