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The People To Come

Saturday, April 6 2013

THE PEOPLE TO COME is a participatory performance project by a canary torsi featuring dances composed from people’s images, videos or text submitted to this website in response to three requests: Give us a pattern, Give us a portrait, Give us a task.

Conceived by Puerto Rican-born, Brooklyn-based director/choreographer Yanira Castro, the work initiates from a solo choreographed by Castro, which is radically altered each night by the performers using material created by the local community and the audience attending the performances. Mundane and sublime, prosaic and virtuosic, THE PEOPLE TO COME is the effort of five performers making a dance and the chance that the audience may recognize themselves in it. 

About a canary torsi

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. a canary torsi creates site-adaptable, installation-based performance projects. 

THE PEOPLE TO COME is made possible in part with co-production support by Vermont Performance Lab and funding from The Jerome Foundation. Support and composer commission funds are provided by New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance program.

PEOPLE is developed through a 2013 Choreography Fellowship and a 2012 Media Residency Fellowship at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and development residencies at The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program through a real estate donation from Savanna.

The performances of PEOPLE at The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab, Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and Space Gallery are funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. 

The performance at SPACE Gallery is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

🕯️ This weekend only! The dance show of the summer is Scapegoat Garden’s Liturgy|Order|Bridge. The Hartford-based company calls upon Black church traditions and ideas of faith, nature, fashion, and experimentation in their limited performance run June 20-22. Tickets available now, presented by SPACE at Mechanics’ Hall. 🕯️