“Castro’s Paradis feels like it grew organically out of the ground (or descended from the heavens), like the lovely trees and flowers that cover the garden’s fifty-two lush acres. No mere spectacle, the piece invites the viewer to become part of a magical experience, a fitting tribute to the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the endless imagination of Castro and her company.”
– This Week In New York
“At a certain point, the dancers began to sing…Was it before or after they ran away, disappearing into the night, that Dauphinais invited us to sing along? Either way, we were left alone to carry on the tune–continue the performance without the performers, interpret the message without the messengers, and do what we would with the weight of that responsibility. We kept on singing, for a while at least. Whatever this strange paradise was, far removed from civilization, it now belonged to us as much as them.”
– Siobhan Burke, Dance Magazine Blog
Paradis is a performance and audio installation with live piano performed outdoors at twilight. Inspired by the final section of Jean-Luc Godard’s 2004 film, “Notre Musique,” Paradis continues Castro’s exploration of the space between the performer and audience member: the tension in the simultaneous experience of distance and intimacy inherent in the live performed moment. Paradis premiered June 2-4, 2011 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, presented by Dance Theater Workshop. It was the first site-based dance work in the Garden’s 100-year history.
Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro
Performance & Choreography: Peggy Cheng, Simon Courchel, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Luke Miller, Peter Schmitz (soloist), Stuart Singer, Pamela Vail, Kimberly Young, Darrin Wright
Sound Installation: Stephan Moore
Pianist: Michael Dauphinais
Production Manager: William Schaffner
Paradis has been presented at:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden presented by Dance Theater Workshop (World Premiere) June 2-4, 2011
Brooklyn Botanic Garden presented by New York Live Arts (Remount) July 8-10, 2012
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Projects at Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL, Aug 6-8, 2013
Paradis was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC), and was created in part through The Field’s Field Artist Residency program, supported by Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation. Paradis was funded, in part, by The Jerome Foundation.
Paradis was made possible by the amazing generosity of these individuals: Kate Blumm, JG Castro y Haydee Negroni-Castro, Laura Colby, Christine & Dennis Crocitto, Stacey Cushner & Jeff Bernstein, Suzanne Palmer Dougan, Cynthia Gage Kellam, Colin & Alice Johannen, Jose Negroni Diaz y Lorraine Hernandez Caban, Nicholas Family Charitable Trust, Heather Olson Trovato, Ramona Persaud, Dara Rose, Jessie Rose, Candice Salyers, Roseanne Spradlin, Mary Twellman & John Schnittker, Scottie & Walter Vail, Carolyn & Ronald Vioni and some lovely anonymous souls besides.