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a canary torsi
A Choreographer Creates A Dance By Interpreting A Dancer & Asks Other Dancers To Interpret The Dance
Nancy | WORLD PREMIERE
Thur Sept 12, 7pm | Fri Sept 13, 7pm
Tue Sept 17, 12pm | Fri Sept 20, 6pm
Featuring choreography by Yanira Castro, environment by Kathy Couch, sound by Stephan Moore and performers Tess Dworman, Kirsten Schnittker, Anna Marie Shogren and Pamela Vail.
“Nancy” is a dance installation by a canary torsi. It is the third in a line of performer portraits by choreographer Yanira Castro of former long-standing collaborators–“Pamela” in 2007 and “Heather O” in 2012. Each dance in exploring the representation of a performer, delves into questions of performativity: What is it to perform?
“Nancy” operates as a site-adaptable portrait of performer Nancy Ellis. Framed by a 12×12 raised platform and surrounded by fluorescent pillars–four unique performers take on the challenge of representation through the performance of a solo, revealing their individual qualities in response to a series of tasks and movement phrases, begging the question, who is “Nancy” a portrait of?
“Nancy” is accompanied by spontaneously created scores from a program developed by composer Stephan Moore that generates them from an enormous pool of sounds and a highly specific time structure. The resulting music for each performance is made up of shimmering drones, stuttering loops, slowed-down voices and big noise.
About a canary torsi & Yanira Castro:
a canary torsi creates site-adaptable, installation-based performance projects. Formed in 2009 by New York choreographer Yanira Castro, a canary torsi invites audiences to participate in work that is anchored in live performance and extends into other media and online platforms. Ranging from formal movement and immersive audio installations to fictional Twitter feeds and interactive websites, a canary torsi explores the relationship between audience and event, developing scenarios where the audience’s presence dramatically impacts the work.