a canary torsi
In 2009, artist and choreographer Yanira Castro formed the interdisciplinary collaborative a canary torsi, an anagram of her name.
a canary torsi‘s work examines the moment of encounter between public bodies: performer and audience. We investigate issues at the foundation of performance: what brings us together, the nature of the space we inhabit, and how every aspect of our convergence is loaded with cultural, social, historical and personal choices that inform who we are, how we form meaning and how power is structured. The indeterminate performative systems we develop often utilize technology as a catalyst of spontaneous structures, patterns, and instructions to complicate issues of authorship and to level the playing field…none one knows (audience or performer) what may happen next. This is our commitment to the “live” in performance.
Ranging from immersive dance environments to responsive video installations and online archives, a canary torsi explores the relationship between spectator and event, developing scenarios where the audience’s actions dramatically impact the experienced outcome of the work.
“Forget the safety of distance; this is the palpable sensation of art up-close and personal.”
-Debra Griboff, Encore Magazine