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Court/Garden (CG)

A spectacle in three acts, "Court/Garden" is a new dance and live music performance by A CANARY TORSI to premiere at Danspace Project.

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CG goes on tour – Part II!

Posted on April 5, 2016 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

THIS WEEK Court/Garden travels to  The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston for two shows on April 8 + 9, 2016. 

If you live in Boston or nearby, we’d love for you to join us at these performances of CG, reimagined for a proscenium stage. More details below.

Cheers!

Yanira + Team

 

CG @ ICA/BOSTON

April 8 + 9, 2016

8pm

Tickets: $15 ICA Members + Students, $30 Non-Members

Location: Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

 

A CANARY TORSI {CG}

Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro

Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel*, Luke Miller*, Kirsten Schnittker, Pamela Vail*, Darrin Wright* + Kimberly Young*

*original cast, along with Tess Dworman

Installation/Lighting: Kathy Couch

Costumes: Miodrag Guberinic

Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau​

Composer: Stephan Moore

Musician: Caroline Park

Video Design: Peter Richards

Cupids: Martita Abril + Tony Carlson

Perfumer: Jennifer Goodheart

Graphic Design: Lara Harris

Stage Manager: William Schaffner

Artist Representative: Laura Colby, Elsie Management

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CG goes on tour!

Posted on March 29, 2016 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

We are so excited to be taking Court/Garden to Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College on March 30 (THIS WEEK!) and to The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on April 8 + 9, 2016. 

If you live close by, we would love for you to join us for these performances of CG, reimagined for proscenium stages. Information about our show at Redfern Arts Center this Wednesday below!

Cheers!

Yanira + Team

 

CG @ Redfern Arts Center

March 30, 2016

7pm

Tickets: $20-$18, $5 KSC students

Location: Keene State College

229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435

 

A CANARY TORSI {CG}

Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro

Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel*, Luke Miller*, Kirsten Schnittker, Pamela Vail*, Darrin Wright* + Kimberly Young*

*original cast, along with Tess Dworman

Installation/Lighting: Kathy Couch

Costumes: Miodrag Guberinic

Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau​

Composer: Stephan Moore

Musician: Caroline Park

Video Design: Peter Richards

Cupids: Martita Abril + Tony Carlson

Perfumer: Jennifer Goodheart

Graphic Design: Lara Harris

Stage Manager: William Schaffner

Artist Representative: Laura Colby, Elsie Management

 

The Adaptation of COURT/GARDEN: RIVER TO RIVER

Posted on May 7, 2015 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

We are thrilled to announce a new adaptation of Court/Garden presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival.

A spectacle in three acts, Court/Garden takes as its inspiration the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage and the presentation of video feeds as cultural, social and political frames of experience. CG delves into an operatic, spectacle-driven vocabulary to reflect on how power functions in contemporary theatrical images from the fashion runway to the creation of cultural icons.

 We hope you can join us for these performances at an incredible site, Federal Hall. All information is down below.

Cheers!

Yanira + the CG Team

 

COURT/GARDEN @ Federal Hall 

June 19 + 20, 2015 at 8PM 

June 20 at 3PM 

All performances are free to the public! RSVP Required {opens in June} 

LOCATION: 26 Wall Street, NYC

 

a canary torsi {CG}

Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro

Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel, Luke Miller, Kirsten Schnittker, Pamela Vail, Darrin Wright + Kimberly Young

Installation/Lighting: Kathy Couch

Costumes: Miodrag Guberinic

Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau​

Composer: Stephan Moore

Video Design: Peter Richards

            Interpreted by Victoria Sendra

Cupids: Martita Abril + Tony Carlson

Cherubs: Stormy Budwig, Haley Fish, Emie Hughes, Presley Oldham

Perfumer: Jennifer Goodheart

Graphic Design: Lara Harris

Stage Manager: William Schaffner

Managing Director: Sarah A.O. Rosner

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The River To River Festival is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council public engagement initiative that inspires residents, workers, and visitors in Lower Manhattan by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

 River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center, and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters.

Yanira Castro is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program and Court/Garden is developed as part of the Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. LMCC.net 

Photo by Jose Espaillat. Performer Simon Courchel.

 

Post-Premiere Glow

Posted on October 29, 2014 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

Performers Pam Vail, Simon Courchel, Tess Dworman. Photo by Jose Alejandro Espaillat.

Court/Garden had its World Premiere at Danspace Project October 9-11. Thank you to everyone of you who joined us in the excitement and in the spectacle. We are grateful for the experience of premiering CG in NYC and at such a beautiful and fitting location as St. Mark’s Church. 

“Castro and her teeming band of collaborators…have gone all out here in an elaborate mash-up of Sun King spectacle with modern technology in which audience members are not only part of the mix but the whole point of it.” — Eva Yaa Asantewaa/InfiniteBody

“An arsenal of clipped, rhythmic steps — shuffling feet, scissoring jumps — paraded the dancers along the mirror-flanked runway.” — Siobhan Burke for the NY Times

“Dangling overhead, a gob of bunchy white fabric suggests a chandelier. It’s Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors but reinterpreted through a cool, indie lens.” — Erin Bomboy for The Dance Enthusiast

This was just the beginning. We are very excited to announce that this summer we will adapt Court/Garden for a series of sites for LMCC’s River to River Festival. Stay tuned! And, CG may soon be coming to a city near you. We are in conversation to bring CG to Boston, MA and Keene State College in Keene, NH. 

To see more photos of CG, please visit our Facebook page:  a canary torsi

To read more about CG, please see these interviews with Yanira Castro:

“Spectacle is super uncomfortable. But at the same time it has really freed up my imagination. I have given myself the space to bring in all these fantastical elements where I don’t usually go.” – – Interview with This Week in New York

“…we are dedicated to asking questions about how we see, participate, and engage in performance—learning about agency and the power structures inherent in our cultural norms, theater design, and seating.” — Interview with Ivan Talijanic for The Brooklyn Rail

with Love + Gratitude,

Yanira + CG Team

CG SNEAK-PEEK! Production Residency at Danspace

Posted on September 24, 2014 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

Last week, the CG team was in residence at Danspace Project to prepare the production elements of the work. There were a lot of moving parts: panels, screens, seats, lights, stages, mics, costumes and more!

With only a few weeks until the premiere, October 9-11, we wanted to share with you some of the photos from the residency and give a sneak-peek into COURT/GARDEN. Follow this link to see them all: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1856064878/the-premiere-of-court-garden/posts/995496

Enjoy!

COURT/GARDEN premieres at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church

Oct 9-11 at 8pm {early arrival encouraged!}

Get your tickets HERE!

We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Yanira + CG team

Announcing: Court/Garden Premieres at Danspace Project

Posted on September 4, 2014 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

Join us for the premiere of Court/Garden at Danspace Project at the historic St. Mark’s Church on October 9-11, 2014. All information is down below. We can’t wait to share this project with you.

Cheers!

Yanira + the Court/Garden Team

 

                       DANSPACE PROJECT PRESENTS

                                 COURT/GARDEN

                             OCTOBER 9-11 AT 8PM

For tickets and information: http://danspaceproject.org/calendarandtickets/detail.php?id=299

Direction + Choreography: Yanira Castro

Performance + Choreography: Simon Courchel, Tess Dworman, Luke Miller, Pamela Vail, Darrin Wright, Kimberly Young with Tony Carlson + Kirsten Schnittker

Environment/Lighting: Kathy Couch

Costume Designer: Miodrag Guberinic

Composer: Stephan Moore

Video: Peter Richards

Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau

Production Mangager: William Schaffner

Photo of CG mask design by Miodrag Guberinic

 

Court/Garden in residence at MANCC & LMCC

Posted on August 7, 2014 by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro

MANCC (May 30 – Jun 11)

Yanira and the performers of Court/Garden completed their second MANCC residency this past June and have photos of the process and work-in-progress showing to share.

See all of them here: http://mancc.org/artists/yanira-castro/

During this residency, we focused on creating a new dance practice for the third act of the piece. While the first act focuses on the vocabulary of the Canary, a 17th Century dance, this act looks at the rhythms and patterns that are emerging from the group and seeks a communal dance, a dance shared and passed on by the performers and held by the audience. 

LMCC (July 29 – Aug 23)

Last week we began our most intensive residency as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program at Governor’s Island. The entire cast, designers, tech team, etc. are present as all elements are coming together in the next three weeks. 

If you are in New York, please stop by on August 23 at 3PM during our residency for a n Open Studio featuring a discussion about the process of creating the visual world of CG.

MANCC photo by Chris Cameron.

Overview

Court/Garden (CG) is a new work by a canary torsi commissioned and presented by Danspace Project on October 9-11, 2014.  CG is a collaboration between choreographer Yanira Castro and composer Stephan Moore—two Bessie-award-winning artists whose seven-year collaboration has resulted in eight projects that have toured nationally and internationally.

CG represents for Moore and Castro a new perspective in our exploration of audience-impacted scores and performances. It is our most ambitious project, delving into an operatic, spectacle-driven vocabulary to reflect on how power functions in contemporary theatrical sound and images. For us, this research is the evolution in our line of questioning about the construction of experience, and how we culturally attend performances. We continually ask our audiences and ourselves where is the “live” in performance and what is the potential for other relationships to performance.

CG is our first commission from Danspace Project, contributing to our growing presence in the contemporary dance field. CG is being developed with the amazing support of 6 residency sites—Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (FL), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Gibney Dance Center (NYC), Amherst College (MA), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program (NYC), and Danspace Project. We have held and will continue to hold several work-in-progress showings of CG as part of our residency activities. CG was presented during NYC’s annual gathering of national and international presenters and producers (APAP) on January 11, 2014. We presented, to capacity, a work-in-progress showing at City Center to gather interest in the touring of CG. We plan to present the fully produced piece during APAP 2015.

CG takes as its inspiration the participatory spectacles of Louis XIV’s French Court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage, and the presentation of live video feeds as cultural, social and political frames of experience. We are researching one of the origins of western dance–Baroque Dance–to explore the dance and music traditions that arose as displays of power and control, and how these inform contemporary theatrical experiences.

Conceived in three acts with live music performed by Moore, the evening is framed by an overtly traditional structure: an overture, two entre’actes, and scene changes that shift the audience’s engagement with the action. Act I begins with a series of masked, intricately wrought, “baroque” dances performed for the audience meticulously arranged as “the court.” Act II encompasses a miniature proscenium for 3 characters whose voices are distorted as they perform a play about court “favor.” In conjunction with this play, video feeds from the dressing room display three performers being fantastically dressed in slow motion in preparation for a tableau-vivant depicting Venus. Act III is still in research but involves a dance for six fauns, two cupids and the public. Moore will be scoring the overture and the 30+ minute Baroque dances that encompass Act I, building sonic environments for each of the intermissions, and creating music for Acts II and III. The entire production will run approximately 100 minutes.

Start and End Dates

10/09/201410/11/2014

Location

New York City, New York

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Puerto-Rican born and Brooklyn-based director/choreographer Yanira Castro is a Bessie-award-winning artist who collaborates with a core group of performers and designers on individual projects under the name, a canary torsi. Since 2009, they have created site-adaptable performance projects in a multiplicity of spaces–from warehouses, restrooms, and gardens to the stage. Their work is anchored in…

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