Director | Choreographer
Yanira Castro is a Brooklyn-based director/choreographer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2009, she has collaborated 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 the stage, embedding dances within visual and audio installations where the audience’s presence dramatically impacts the work.
Since 2002, she has created nine evening-length works for which she has received one BESSIE award and nomination: the award in 2009 for Dark Horse/Black Forest presented by Performance Space 122 in the lobby restroom of The Gershwin Hotel, and a nomination for a participatory multi-media performance installation, The People to Come, at The Invisible Dog Art Center in 2013. The archive for The People to Come (thepeopletocome.org) was featured in The New Museum’s exhibit, “Performance Archiving Performance,” in 2013. Castro’s work has been presented in New York by New York Live Arts/Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, PS122, ISSUE Project Room, The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, The BEAT Festival and The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), among others, and has toured nationally and internationally. She has also been commissioned to create new works at Barnard College (NYC), The Wooden Floor (CA) and Island Moving Company (RI).
Currently, Castro is a Returning Choreography Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and Artist-in-Residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program. She was a 2012 Vermont Performance Lab Artist and a 2010 Alpert Award nominee. Other fellowships include: Dance New Amsterdam (2013, NYC), LMCC Swing Space (2012, 2010, NYC), ARC (2009/2008, NYC), Artist Ne(s)t (2007, Romania), Sugar Salon (2007, NYC), and Rockefeller Foundation (2006, Bellagio, Italy). She 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.
Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College.