Puerto-Rican born and Brooklyn-based choreographer Yanira Castro collaborates with a core group of performers and designers on individual projects under the name, a canary torsi. a canary torsi creates site-adaptable, installation-based performance projects. Formed in 2009, 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 participatory websites, a canary torsi explores the relationship between audience and event, developing scenarios where the audience’s presence dramatically impacts the work. Castro’s work has been presented in New York by Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, ISSUE Project Room, The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, and Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center, among others, and has toured nationally and internationally. Her work has often incorporated untraditional spaces: public bathrooms, warehouses, former bathhouses. Internationally, her dance installation Dark Horse/Black Forest has been presented in the public bathrooms of the George Bacovia Theater in Bacau, Romania; the Daile Theatre in Riga, Latvia and the Tanzhaus in Düsseldorf, Germany for the International Tanzmesse.
Kimberly Young is a performer/choreographer based in Brooklyn. She choreographs dances under the name the extra-sensory pedestrians, through which she has an ongoing collaboration with composer/sound artist Stephan Moore. The ESPs have been presented in New York City by ISSUE Project Room, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Roulette Intermedium among others, and in association with Joyce SoHo. The Company has also been presented nationally by venues including SUNY Stony Brook’s Staller Center (Stony Brook, NY), Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy (Concord, MA) where Young received a Choreographers’ Project Fellowship in 2008, Free Form Mash Up (Princeton, NJ), and Studio 121 (Freeport, IL). As a performer, Young is honored to have worked with Tere O’Connor, Todd Williams, Jennifer Schmermund, Paul Singh and the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy.
Peter B. Schmitz has been involved in the creative and performing arts for over 25 years as a dancer, choreographer, and actor. As a professional dancer/choreographer, Peter has worked throughout the United States, Amsterdam, Germany, France, England, New Zealand and recently in Ankara, Turkey. He was a founding member of Dance Gallery, a small modern dance company, a member of Creach/Co in New York City for over 8 years, and has performed in the works of Wendy Woodson, Ann Carlson, Richard Colton/Amy Spencer. Peter currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has choreographed for New World Theatre, Medicine Show Theater and Potomac Theater Project and is a member of Actors Equity.
Stephan Moore is a composer, performer, audio artist, sound designer and curator based in Brooklyn and Pawtucket, RI. His creative work currently manifests as electronic studio compositions, improvised solo performances, sound installation works, scores and sound designs for collaborative performance pieces, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Evidence, his long-standing project with Scott Smallwood, has performed widely and released several recordings over the past decade. He has created custom music software for a number of composers and artists, and has taught workshops and numerous college-level courses in composition, programming, sound art and electronic music. He is the president of Isobel Audio, a maker of custom loudspeakers, as well as the curator of the Floating Points programming at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, where he also serves on the Art Advisory Board. From late 2004 to mid-2010, he performed over 250 concerts with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, serving as their sound engineer and music coordinator, and as a touring musician. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the MEME program at Brown University. He has been collaborating with Yanira Castro since 2005.
For 17 years, Kathy Couch has been designing and creating visual landscapes in performance and installation works. Primarily working in the mediums of light and space, Couch has designed over 300 performances in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Australia, rbia and throughout New England. Creating installations and designs for a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces, Couch’s artistic practice focuses on the vital role of the audience/viewer as active contributors to the work. Kathy Couch has ongoing performance collaborations with Kinodance, Candice Salyers, The Architects and Chimaera Physical Theater. As a member of the creative team for Yanira Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest, Couch received a 2009 Bessie Award. Most recently, she collaborated with choreographer and video artist Wendy Woodson in the creation of Belonging: Reflections on Place, a video installation for the Immigration Museum of Melbourne (Australia). Kathy Couch currently teaches Lighting Design at Amherst College and recently received an MFA in Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a founding board member of the Northampton Community Arts Trust that seeks innovative ways to preserve arts space in Northampton, MA and a member of the arts organization C3, a creative community collective.