Yanira Castro | a canary torsi


Yanira Castro | a canary torsi


Yanira Castro is a Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist living in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY) and making work under the moniker, a canary torsi. Working at the intersection of performance, installation, social practice, and technology, she forms iterative projects in response to site and community. Her work is rooted in communal construction inviting the public into co-creation.

Her work has been commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Art Center, Danspace Project, The Invisible Dog Art Center, ISSUE Project Room and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has toured nationally including to PICA, ICA/Boston, EMPAC, City of Chicago’s DCASE, Bates Dance Festival, SPACE Gallery, and The Yard.

She has received two NY Dance & Performance Awards (aka Bessies) in 2020 for Last Audience commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts and in 2009 for Dark Horse/Black Forest presented by Performance Space 122 in the lobby restroom of The Gershwin Hotel. During the pandemic, she adapted the performance, Last Audience, into a printed manual for the public to perform at home for MCA Chicago in Fall 2020. Castro was the facilitator for and co-compiler and co-author of Creating New Futures: Phase 1, Working Guidelines for Ethics and Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance and Creating New Futures: Phase 2, Notes for Equitable Funding from Arts Workers.

Castro’s fellowships and residencies include: MacDowell Fellow, New York Live Arts Live Feed Artist, Yaddo Fellow, Marble House Project Artist, Gibney’s DiP Resident Artist, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life, _IN RESIDENCE Artist at Dancehouse in Melbourne, Australia, BRIClab Artist, and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She has been recognized with various awards for her work, including NEFAs National Dance Project, MAP Fund, The Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, Trust for Mutual Understanding, USArtists International, and a NYFA Choreography Fellowship and NYSCA Commissions.