Yanira Castro is a Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist living in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY) and making work under the moniker, a canary torsi. Her work is rooted in communal construction as a practice of radical democracy and invites the public into co-creation. Having built dances for over twenty years, she now works in social practice and sculpture as well as performance. While at MacDowell, Yanira worked on a performance podcast that will launch in May 2022 for the midterm elections. "Last Audience: a performance podcast" calls listeners into choreographic action, considering transmission of gesture and embodiment as political collective action. Castro is being awarded a 2022 Herb Alpert Award in Dance.
Yanira Castro worked in the New Hampshire studio.
New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…