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a canary torsi began in 2009 but Yanira Castro has been making dances since 1998, formerly as Yanira Castro + Company.

With a canary torsi, Yanira has developed over 8 projects. Below is a list of past projects. See the SCHEDULE for upcoming performances and for more information, explore each project under WORKS in the bottom left corner menu of this site.

Court/Garden (2014) is a multimedia dance and live music performance, drawing its inspiration from the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court and the participatory practices of Occupy Wall Street. An operatic, spectacle-driven production, Court/Garden uses elaborate costume, set, and abstract narratives to create a multilayered account of how consumption and creation contribute to roles in collective citizenry. Court/Garden originally premiered in October 2014 at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, with subsequent engagements at LMCC’s River To River Festival at Federal Hall, ICA/Boston, Redfern Arts Center (Keene, NH), and Chicago’s DCASE for their OnEdge Festival at Preston Bradley Hall.

The People to Come (2013)  was a participatory performance installation that invited audience members to become part of the work unfolding before them. People was performed at The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab, Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, and SPACE Gallery. People had its NY Premiere at the Invisible Dog Art Center in June 2013 and was nominated for a NY Dance and Performance “BESSIE” award for Outstanding Production in 2013. The archive of People was featured as part of the Performance Archiving Performance exhibit at the New Museum November 2013-January 2014 and include a Live Archiving Installation and a Closing the Archive Musical Concert which included video from all five performance locations and the live musicians that collaborated on the project.

Five Performers Demonstrate a Field (2012), a collaboration with composer Ben Bernstein, was a study for ISSUE Project Room’s Floating Points Festival, an investigation of how movement in a particular room affects a simple sound environment: specifically through Hemisphere speakers in the sanctum of the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.

Paradis (2011 and remounted 2012) had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden presented by Dance Theater Workshop to sold-out audiences. Paradis was the first site-based dance project in the Garden’s 100-year history. In August of 2013 Paradis toured to the City of Chicago through the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Wilderness (2010) had its world premiere at EMPAC’s Filament Festival and its New York premiere at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn presented by Dance Theater Workshop. Wilderness toured to Franklin & Marshall College and Vanderbilt University.

Dark Horse/Black Forest (2009) had its New York premiere in the men’s restroom of the Gershwin Hotel, presented by Performance Space 122 and Neke Carson. Dark Horse/Black Forest won a 2009 NY Dance & Performance “BESSIE” award and toured nationally and internationally to Latvia, Romania and Germany.

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