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28Aug/17

YANIRA CASTRO | A CANARY TORSI: CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR

Yanira Castro presents new trilogy, CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR in three boroughs this month

Yanira Castro presents new trilogy, CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR in three boroughs this month

Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St.
The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave.
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.
September 7-23, free - $30
acanarytorsi.org/cast-stage-author

This past January, Yanira Castro | a canary torsi presented Performance | Portrait at the Invisible Dog Art Center, a multimedia interactive work that continues Castro’s exploration of the intimate relationship between audience and performer. The company is now back at the Invisible Dog with AUTHOR, the third part of a trilogy that also includes CAST at the Chocolate Factory Theater and STAGE at Abrons Arts Center. AUTHOR is on view Wednesday to Saturday from 1:00 to 7:00 and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 from September 9 to 17 (free), with an opening reception September 9 at 6:00. The participatory piece involves a computer game in which visitors will share their memories of being a spectator, interacting onscreen with contributing artists Kyle Bukhari, Simon Courchel, Leslie Cuyjet, devynn emory, John Hoobyar, Iréne Hultman, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Luke Miller, Heather Olson, Sai Somboon, David Thomson, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Pamela Vail, Tara Aisha Willis, and Darrin Wright. And you get to go home with a printed memento of your experience. Admission is free but advance registration is strongly suggested here. In the forty-five-minute CAST, running Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 from September 13 to 23 at the Chocolate Factory ($20), a rotating quartet of performers will work with a new script every night, computer-generated from more than one hundred hours of recorded conversations. Finally, STAGE, “a visual and aural fantasia,” takes place at Abrons Arts Center on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from September 14 to 23 at 9:00 ($20), a collaboratively choreographed work with a live improvised sound score by Stephan Moore and lighting by Kathy Couch. (The times are arranged so you can see all three parts of the trilogy on certain days, although each is a standalone piece.) You can get a $30 pass for all three events here, but act quickly, because Castro, whose previous works include Paradis, Court/Garden, and Wilderness, always presents intriguing, popular events that sell out in advance.

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