Yanira Castro / a canary torsi – CAST


September 13-23, 2017

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm

Tickets for CAST are available here.

Part of a trilogy of works co-presented with Abrons Arts Center and The Invisible Dog.

The Chocolate Factory Theater partners with Abrons Arts Center and The Invisible Dog Art Center to premiere a canary torsi‘s trilogy, CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR, which will be staged concurrently at all three venues. The trilogy draws from a collection of audio and video recordings (the project’s “archive”) that interdisciplinary artist Yanira Castro generated with fifteen accomplished NYC performing artists concerning the process of performing, casting and the complexities of representation. 

CAST brings together a rotating cast of four performers, different each night, who negotiate a new script at each performance in front of a live audience. A computer generates a unique script culling from transcripts of over 100 hours of conversation with CAST’s 15 performers regarding casting, performing and the complexities of representation. It is a concentrated study of what constitutes a cast. CAST is part of a trilogy of works by a canary torsi premiering concurrently, including STAGE (Abrons Arts Center) and AUTHOR (The Invisible Dog) that examine how we (re)present ourselves in performance.

Director / Choreographer: Yanira Castro. Collaborators & Performers: Kyle Bukhari, Simon Courchel, Leslie Cuyjet, devynn emory, Iréne Hultman, Luke Miller, Sai Somboon, David Thomson, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Pamela Vail, Tara Aisha Willis, Darrin Wright. Stage Manager: Lillie De. Installation/Lighting Designer: Kathy Couch. Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau. Composer/Programmer/Interaction Designer: Stephan Moore.

The other works in the trilogy will premiere at: AUTHOR at The Invisible Dog Art Center (September 7-17) and STAGE at Abrons Arts Center‘s Playhouse (September 14-23).

The development and premiere of CAST was supported by The Chocolate Factory’s Artist Commissioning Fund established in honor of Chris Ajemian, the recipient of our inaugural Artist In Industry Award.

"Awaiting CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR" - Martha Sherman, dancelog.nyc

"Yanira Castro with Ivan Talijancic" - The Brooklyn Rail

"New Yanira Castro trilogy spans three spaces and boroughs" - Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body