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MANCC Welcomes Yanira Castro, Returning Choreographic Fellow

Published October 8, 2013

Yanira Castro

Returning Choreographic Fellow | October 6-16, 2013 | Work in Development: Court/Garden

i-zx5Nxsf-XLYanira Castro returns to MANCC for the first of two residencies to develop Court/Garden, a dance for her company, a canary torsi. Court/Garden investigates the experiential shifts in an audience’s engagement with a dance through proximity, frame, participation. It takes as inspiration the participatory spectacles of the French Court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage, and the presentation of live video feeds as frames in which to experience dance. The dance plays with a strict formalism inside a structure in which the audience’s relationship to the event is in constant flux. Through choreographer Yanira Castro’s contemporary lens, a canary torsi looks at theatrical conventions—the overture, the intermission, the close-up shot—to consider their role in the experience of a contemporary audience.

Castro’s fall residency will focus on developing the movement vocabulary for the piece. The choreography for Court/Garden utilizes the steps of a popular 17th Century court dance, The Canary, as a system through which to create these experiences. At the time, The Canary was considered to be “bold, bizarre and exotic.” The steps consist of a skip and a stomp with the alteration of the heel and sole in the stomp. Castro and the performers will utilize this dance as a system to structure their choreography through repetition, complex patterning and looping—while maintaining The Canary’s strict symmetry. Through prolonged and oddly placed silences, lighting that reveals the actions of the audience, and a subtly changing code of audience rules (when to stand, sit, speak) that the audience is guided through, Court/Garden is a dissection of theatrical traditions and their role in shaping our experience. Castro’s summer residency will be focused on audience spaces, experience and involvement.

The residency is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Note: Returning Choreographic Fellow Yanira Castro was first in residence with MANCC in 2007 to work on a piece titled “Center of Sleep” which premiered in 2008 at Dance Theater Workshop. She returned in 2012 and again in the Spring of 2013 to work on “The People to Come” which premiered in New York at The Invisible Dog Art Center in June 2013.


Darrin Wright performs for work-in-progress “The People to Come” for School of Dance students.

Castro and collaborators discuss "The People to Come" during Spring 2013 MANCC residency.

Castro and collaborators discuss “The People to Come” during Spring 2013 MANCC residency.


Collaborators in Residence

Simon Courchel

Tess Dworman

Luke Miller

Darrin Wright

Pamela Vail

Kimberly Young


Entrypoints are unique opportunities for visiting artists to conduct research and collaborate with the FSU and Tallahassee communities as well as the national dance field.

Informal Showing

Date: 10/15/13
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Black Box Studio

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About Yanira Castro

Yanira CastroPuerto-Rican born and Brooklyn-based choreographer Yanira Castro collaborates with a core group of performers and designers on individual projects under the name, a canary torsi. Her work has been presented in New York by New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), Performance Space 122, ISSUE Project Room, The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, and The Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), among others. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and often incorporates untraditional spaces including warehouses, former bathhouses, and gardens. 

Dark Horse/Black Forest, a piece for public bathrooms, won a 2009 NY Dance & Performance (aka Bessie) Award for its presentation at The Gershwin Hotel, and their latest project, a participatory multi-media performance installation, The People to Come, has been nominated for Outstanding Production in 2013. She has received several commissions and awards for her work, including NEFA’s National Dance Project and Expeditions Touring Awards, The MAP Fund, The Jerome Foundation, NYFA’s BUILD, New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and USArtists International. She is a 2013/14 Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam, 2012 Vermont Performance Lab Artist , a 2012 and 2010 LMCC Swing Space Artist-in-Residence, a 2008/2009 ARC Artist, a 2007 Artist-in-Residence at the George Apostu Cultural Center in Romania with Artist Ne(s)t, a 2007 Sugar Salon Artist, and a 2006 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow. Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College.

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