Yanira Castro | a canary torsi


Yanira Castro | a canary torsi


Yanira Castro is a Puerto Rican artist based in Brooklyn. In 2009, she formed the interdisciplinary collaborative group, a canary torsi, an anagram of her name. a canary torsi’s work borrows from dance, performance, theater, and visual art often utilizing interactive technology to form hybrid projects.

The work focuses on the significance of gathering and watching–the historical, political and social resonances of the act of being present together in performance, investigating the encounter of public bodies: the event and the audience. In the work, Castro negotiates complexities of sources, authorship and practice with a team of collaborators (including audience) to build the work as a communal act.

Castro has received commissions and residencies from The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, Abrons Art Center, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop and The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), touring nationally and internationally. She is a 2018 Yaddo Fellow and Marble House Project Resident Artist. 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. Her fellowships and residencies include: Gibney DiP Artist (2017), LMCC Extended Life participant (2017-2015), BRIClab Artist (2016), Returning Choreographic Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2014-2013), Vermont Performance Lab Artist (2012), Dance New Amsterdam AIR (2013), Artist Ne(s)t AIR (2007, Romania), Sugar Salon Fellow (2007), and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow (2006, Italy). She has been recognized with various awards for her work, including NYFA Choreography Fellowship, 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. In 2017, she received an honorary doctorate in the arts from her alma mater.