Director | Choreographer
Yanira Castro is a Brooklyn-based director/choreographer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2009, she formed a core group of performers and designers to develop 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 Danspace Project, New York Live Arts/Dance Theater Workshop, The Invisible Dog Art Center, PS122, ISSUE Project Room, 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).
Recently, Castro has been invited to participate in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life program and American Dance Abroad’s inaugural program, Beyond Our Borders. Other fellowships and artist-in-residence include: Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2014-2012, 2007), Dance New Amsterdam AIR (2013, NYC), LMCC Process Space (2014) and Swing Space (2012, 2010, NYC), ARC (2009/2008, NYC), Artist Ne(s)t (2007, Romania), Sugar Salon (2007, NYC), and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (2006, Bellagio, Italy). She was a 2012 Vermont Performance Lab Artist and has received several commissions and awards for her work, including from The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, The Jerome Foundation, NYFA’s BUILD, NYSCA, New Music USA, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and USArtists International.
Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College.