A Canary Torsi, Photo by Maria Baranova

A Canary Torsi, Photo by Maria Baranova


Yanira Castro | a canary torsI


Thursday, July 18th | 7:00pm
Saturday, July 20th | 7:00pm
Location: The Patricia N. Nanon Theater

$25 Adult
$15 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter and Membership discounts apply


Art Installation on display June 30 - July 14
Location: Featherstone Center for the Arts

Photo by Maria Baranova

Photo by Maria Baranova


“There’s a non-zero probability that Yanira Castro is the Rube Goldberg of contemporary dance.”

- Brian Rogers for Fusebox’s Written and Spoken

CAST and AUTHOR are part of a trilogy of works that draw from a collection of audio and video recordings generated with 15 accomplished NYC performing artists, concerning the process of casting and the complexities of representation.  How do we represent one another? Who represents us?

Each piece in the trilogy is a standalone work. Rearranging the relationships between audience, performer, and event, each individual work informs and expands on one another.  We invite you to experience the works in any order.

a canary torsi

a canary torsi’s work examines the moment of encounter between public bodies: performer and audience.  The artists investigate issues that are at the foundation of performance: what brings us together, the nature of the space we inhabit, and how every aspect of our convergence is loaded with cultural, social, historical, and personal choices that inform who we are and how we form meaning.  The indeterminate performative systems they develop often utilize technology as a catalyst of spontaneous structures, patterns, and instructions that charge the work with unpredictability. Ranging from immersive performance environments to responsive video installations, a canary torsi explores the relationship between spectator and event, developing scenarios where the audience’s actions dramatically impact the outcome of the work.

Yanira Castro, Artistic Director

Puerto Rican choreographer Yanira Castro is a Bessie-award-winning artist.  In 2009, she formed the interdisciplinary collaborative group, a canary torsi.  Castro’s work borrows from dance, performance, and visual art and often utilizes interactive technology to form hybrid works.  With her collaborators she has developed over 10 projects for the stage, galleries, and non-traditional sites, ranging from video installations, performances, and text-based computer games.  Currently, she is a 2018/19 New York Live Arts' Live Feed Artist, 2018 Yaddo Fellow, and Marble House Project Artist-in-Residence. She has received various awards including NYFA's Choreography Fellowship, NEFA’s National Dance Project, and a 2019 NYSCA Theater Commission.

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The creation of CAST, AUTHOR was made possible, in part, by generous commissions from the three presenting organizations: The Chocolate Factory, Abrons Art Center and The Invisible Dog Art Center.

CAST, AUTHOR was also made possible with the support of a grant from The Jerome Foundation and by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. CAST, AUTHOR is also made possible by a canary torsi’s generous Kickstarter donors.

The development of CAST, AUTHOR was made possible, in part, by Yanira Castro’s participation in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program and the work was developed as part of the Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (LMCC.net). CAST, AUTHOR was researched, developed and honed with financial, administrative and residency support from the Dance in Process program at Gibney Dance with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.