Court/Garden: Info

“Castro and her teeming band of collaborators…have gone all out here in an elaborate mash-up of Sun King spectacle with modern technology in which audience members are not only part of the mix but the whole point of it.”
Eva Yaa Asantewaa/InfiniteBody


A spectacle in three acts, Court/Garden was a multimedia, dance and live music performance. It took as its inspiration the court ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court as a metaphor for the 1% and the participatory practices of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Court/Garden delved into an operatic, spectacle-driven vocabulary to reflect on how we assemble and how our participation in the consumption and creation of images is a reflection of our role as citizens.


Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro
Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel*, Luke Miller*, Kirsten Schnittker, Pamela Vail*, Darrin Wright* + Leslie Cuyjet
* Original cast, in addition to former cast members Tess Dworman and Kimberly Young, co-choreographed Act 1
Installation/Lighting: Kathy Couch
Costumes: Miodrag Guberinic
​Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau​
Composer: Stephan Moore
Video: Peter Richards
Cupids: Martita Abril + Tony Carlson
Cherubs: Stormy Budwig, Haley Fish, Emie Hughes, Presley Oldham
Perfumer: Jennifer Goodheart
Logo Design: Lara Harris
Stage Manager: Bill Schaffner or Reilly Horan
Managing Director: Sarah A.O. Rosner


Court/Garden premiered on October 9-11, 2014 at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church.

Court/Garden was presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival 2015 at Federal Hall National Memorial on June 19-20, 2015.

Court/Garden tour dates:
Redfern Arts Center (March 30, 2016)
ICA/Boston (April 7-8, 2016)
City of Chicago DCASE at Preston Bradley Hall (March 24-25, 2017)


Watch two short videos about our process at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography:



Interview with This Week in New York
Interview with Ivan Talijanic for The Brooklyn Rail
Eva Yaa Asantewaa/InfiniteBody
Siobhan Burke for the NY Times
Erin Bomboy for The Dance Enthusiast



The creation of Court/Garden was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the generous individuals who give to the Creation Fund. Danspace Project’s 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative is a core component of the Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW2). As the framework through which Danspace presents and commissions new work in all of its programs, CW2 provides context, curatorial support, and space for choreographers and their works.

CG was also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. CG was also supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Paisley Powell Elebash Fund, and Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. In addition, CG was made possible by a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant, an individual artist grant from Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, and a canary torsi‘s Kickstarter backers.

The development of CG was made possible, in part, by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and by a 2014 LMCC Process Space artist residency ( CG was additionally supported with a residency at Amherst College through the Theater & Dance Department and a 2013 space grant from Gibney Dance Center. The project was initially supported with a research residency with Baroque Dance practitioner Catherine Turocy at the former Dance New Amsterdam.

Court/Garden was presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival 2015. River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center, and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters.

Yanira Castro is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program and Court/Garden was developed as part of the Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (

General Operating support for Court/Garden was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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