a canary torsi
Yanira Castro is a Puerto Rican born interdisciplinary artist making work in New York for 20 years. In 2009, she formed the collaborative group, a canary torsi, an anagram of her name. Castro’s work borrows from dance, performance, theater, and visual art often utilizing interactive technology to form hybrid projects. The work takes different forms — performances, installations, online and site-based projects — developing scenarios that places the public in unique relationships to the work.
Her work has been commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, ISSUE Project Room and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has toured nationally and internationally including to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Vermont Performance Lab, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, SPACE Gallery and the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. She is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellow, 2017 Gibney Dance Center DiP Artist, and a participant of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life program. She received a 2009 BESSIE award for Dark Horse/Black Forest presented by Performance Space 122 in the lobby restroom of The Gershwin Hotel. The archive for her participatory performance project, The People to Come (thepeopletocome.org), was featured in The New Museum’s exhibit, “Performance Archiving Performance,” in 2013. Castro has been commissioned to create new works at Barnard College (NYC), The Wooden Floor (CA), Keene State College (NH) and Island Moving Company (RI).
Castro’s fellowships and residencies include: Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Fellow (2014-2012, 2007), Vermont Performance Lab Artist (2012), Dance New Amsterdam AIR (2013), LMCC Process Space (2014) and Swing Space (2012, 2010), Pentacle’s ARC (2009/2008), Artist Ne(s)t AIR (2007, Romania), Sugar Salon AIR (2007), and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (2006, Bellagio, Italy). She has been recognized with various awards for her work, including from The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund, New Music USA, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and USArtists International.
Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College.