Director | Choreographer
Puerto-Rican born and Brooklyn-based director/choreographer Yanira Castro collaborates with a core group of performers and designers on individual projects under the name, a canary torsi. She and her collaborators work in a multiplicity of spaces: from warehouses, restrooms, and gardens to stages, embedding dances within visual and audio installations where the audience’s presence dramatically impacts the work.
Her work has been presented in New York by New York Live Arts, Performance Space 122, ISSUE Project Room, The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, and The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), among others, and has toured nationally and internationally. Castro and the team of Dark Horse/Black Forest won a 2009 NY Dance & Performance (aka Bessie) Award for their performance at The Gershwin Hotel, and their latest work, a participatory multi-media performance installation, The People to Come, was nominated for Outstanding Production in 2013.
Castro has received several commissions and awards for her work, including from The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project and Expeditions programs, The MAP Fund, The Jerome Foundation, NYFA’s BUILD, NYSCA, New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and USArtists International. She has been commissioned to create work at The Wooden Floor (CA) and Island Moving Company (RI). She is currently a Returning Choreography Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and Artist-in-Residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program, and was a 2012 Vermont Performance Lab Artist. Other fellowships include: LMCC Swing Space (NYC), Artist Ne(s)t (Romania), Dance New Amsterdam AIR (NYC), ARC (NYC), Sugar Salon (NYC), and Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy).
Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College.