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BRIClab Residencies /

a canary torsi PERFORMANCE PORTRAIT: LIVE (work-in-progress)

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November 20- November 21, 2015


BRIC House Artist Studio
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Pictured: Anna Azrieli

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Performance Portrait: Live is an interactive, multi-channel video installation that focuses on the symbiotic relationship between performer and spectator. Following a recent residency at Gibney in which durational videos were created of individual performers embodying single gestures while holding the gaze of the spectator, the creative team will use their time at BRIC to experiment with connecting life-sized versions of these videos through network of Kinect 2 sensors to build an interactive and responsive environment. Directed by choreographer Yanira Castro, with an audience environment by Kathy Couch, interaction design by Stephan Moore, video by filmmaker Julie Wyman and performers Anna Azrieli, Leslie Cuyjet, Peter B. Schmitz and David Thomson.

Work-in-progress showings will be followed by moderated artist-audience dialogues.

Artist Bios:

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, a canary torsi explores the relationship between audience and event, developing scenarios where the audience’s presence dramatically impacts the work.

Yanira Castro (Director/Choreographer) has created 9 evening-length projects that have toured nationally and internationally and have garnered awards and commissions. Her work has long focused on the relationship between audience and event, creating scenarios that explore the political, cultural and social significance of being in performance together. Her work is intimate, site-based, involves media and is often participatory.

Kathy Couch (Installation Artist) will create the environment for the installation. For 17 years, Couch has been creating visual landscapes in performance and installation works. Primarily working in the mediums of light and space, Couch has designed over 300 performances for multiple dance and theater artists. Couch’s artistic practice focuses on the vital role of the audience/viewer as active contributors to the work.

Stephan Moore (Interaction Designer) is a composer, improviser, audio artist, programmer, sound designer, scholar, teacher, and curator based in Chicago.  He creates improvised, generative, and composed music as well as sound installations, interactive systems for performance, and sound design for unusual circumstances.  He teaches in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at Northwestern University.

Julie Wyman (Filmmaker) creates documentaries that are noted for their durational and close-range approach to portraiture. Julie’s 2012 film STRONG! was broadcast nationally via the acclaimed PBS series, Independent Lens. Her previous portrait films Buoyant (2005) and A Boy Named Sue (2000) have screened internationally at prestigious festival and museum venues and are distributed by Women Make Movies. Julie is an Associate Professor of Cinema and Technoculture at UC Davis.

Anna Azrieli is a Soviet born, NYC bred, choreographer/dancer/performer. Her work has been shown most recently at Gibney Dance, Danspace Project, and The Kitchen. Her next project will be presented at The Chocolate Factory in 2016.

Leslie Cuyjet is a performer and dance artist in New York. Cuyjet has worked professionally in the city for over 10 years, honing a performance practice, seeking new questions, and testing limits; and is grateful for all the various opportunities she has received.

Peter B. Schmitz has been involved in the creative and performing arts for over 30 years as a performer/choreographer/teacher/director. The other challenging and rewarding performing engagements with Yanira and a canary torsi include; "Wilderness," "Paradis" and "The People to Come."

David Thomson is a collaborative artist in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance since the early 80's.  His own work has been produced throughout New York City. Thomson is a Bessie award-winning artist, a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a 2013 NYFA Fellow in Choreography and a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. 

BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for both emerging and established local artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance.




Venue Information:

The intimate, flexible studio space within BRIC House is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 50-75 for rehearsals and performances in a workshop setting.

For ticketed events, the Box Office opens one hour prior to show time. Advanced tickets can be purchased online.