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Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography welcomes Yanira Castro

Published May 21, 2012

Wilderness (c) Yi-Chun Wu

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) welcomes Media Fellowship Project Artist Yanira Castro (NY) into residence to develop her latest work The People to Come. Castro is a Puerto-Rican born and Brooklyn-based choreographer who collaborates with a core group of performers and designers on individual projects under the name, a canary torsi. Her dance installation Dark Horse/Black Forest has been presented internationally and in 2009 won a Bessie Award for its performance at The Gershwin Hotel.

At MANCC, Castro will be working to create a new participatory installation initiated from a solo choreographed by herself. Castro and her team of collaborators, including creative engineer Sam Lerner, will design, test, and refine an accompanying interactive website that will serve to connect the outlying community and audience members into the piece. Also accompanying Castro will be performer Luke Miller and designer Kathy Couth.

The piece will be dramatically altered with each show, the material being created by the community surrounding the performance site and the attending audience. The beforementioned website hosts a series of questions or “proposals” that request photographs, drawings, videos, and/or text as a response for entry into the performance.

Entrypoints: As part of her research Castro will be working with three groups, a movement research class, an animation class, and a group from the Tallahassee community, to help develop the work. She will also be conducting individual profile pieces with those who have a connection to Montgomery Hall.

Please see Yanira Castro’s profile or email for additional information about Castro’s residency.

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic
research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.