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MANCC Welcomes Yanira Castro

Published January 31, 2013
performance by Castro

Performer Luke Miller performs material created for the Informal Showing. Photo by Chris Cameron

Yanira Castro (NY) Returning Choreographic Fellow | January 31 – February 6, 2013

Work in Development: The People to Come


The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) welcomes Returning Choreographic Fellow, Yanira Castro, into residence to further develop The People to Come. This work is a participatory performance installation conceived and directed by Castro in collaboration with Lighting and Installation Designer Kathy Couch, Web Director Sam Lerner, Sound Artist Stephan Moore, and five performers. The work initiates from a solo choreographed by Castro, which is radically altered each night by the performers from material created by the communities surrounding the performance site and the audience attending the performances. 

During her second residency for this work, Castro will revisit the piece with particular focus on constructing and realizing performance strategies with the performers. Castro will explore the relationship between the participant submissions and the choreography during two open rehearsals with invited students and faculty. After having performed the piece at three different sites/venues, the group will have the opportunity to delve into what they have learned from performing the work and deepen their process as they work toward their NY Premiere at The Invisible Dog Art Center in June 2013.

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

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Yanira Castro Biography

Puerto-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, The Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and HERE Arts Center, 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. 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, Meet the Composer’s Commissioning music/USA program, NYSCA, New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and US Artists International. She is a 2013/14 Returning Choreographic Fellow, 2012 Media Fellow and 2007 Choreographic Fellow at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), 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 Ne(s)t Artist-in-Residence in Bacau, Romania, 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.


Please visit 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.