“Throughout [Court/Garden], Castro maintains an interesting tension between high expectations and low-level means of delivery, between firm control of things and awkward execution, between glittering artifice and banal transparency, between seductive beauty and those things that make you seriously question what you find beautiful, why you do and who the hell you think you are to judge.” – Infinite Body, Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Court/Garden is a three-act dance performance that is inspired by the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage and the presentation of video feeds as cultural, social and political frames of experience. The audience’s relationship to the performance is in constant flux, investigating the structures behind the act of watching and being seen.

Yanira Castro/a canary torsi invite audiences to an open rehearsal of Court/Garden with a reimagined third-act that will be performed in its entirety in the upcoming River To River Festival. 

Featured Image Photo Credit: Aram Jibilian

Saturday, May 23 at 3:00pm

at LMCC’s Studios in the Arts Center at Governors Island


FREE. Limited Capacity. RSVPs are now closed. Click here for Governors Island ferry schedule, fares and directions.

Direction, Text & Choreography: Yanira Castro

Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel, Luke Miller, Kirsten Schnittker, Pamela Vail, Darrin Wright + Kimberly Young

Environment/Lighting: Kathy Couch

Costumes: Miodrag Guberinic

Composer/Musician: Stephan Moore

Recorded Music Performance: Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Ed Osborn, Caroline Park

Video Feeds: Peter Richards

Cupids: Martita Abril + Tony Carlson

Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau

Production Manager/Stage Manager: William Schaffner

Graphic Designer: Lara Harris

Website (aspectacleinthreeacts.org): Helen Gaffigan

Baroque Instructor/Mentor: Catherine Turocy

Acting Consultant: Peter B. Schmitz

Video Consultant: Shawn Hove

Artist Representative: Laura Colby, Elsie Management


Costume Credits:

Costume Designer Assistant: Kima Baffour

Hampton Prints Custom Fabric Print: Donna Bucannan

Custom Built Crowns: Alexa Cach of House of Cach

Custom Hand Fabric Painting: Ben Falcon

Custom Patterns and Advising: Travis Halsey

Sample Making and Custom Gold Trims: Heidi Hilker

Mask Structures: Mina Hong

Custom Fabric Textures: Miryam Prodanovic

General Costume Support: Jose Espaillat, Monica Green, Garret Guilbeau, David Hyman, Liz Lee,

Margaret Remboski, Michael Sui, Goran Sparrman

Court/Garden was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. LMCC.net

The creation of Court/Garden is made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the generous individuals who give to the Creation Fund. Danspace Project’s 2014-15 Commissioning Initiative is a core component of the Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW2). As the framework through which Danspace presents and commissions new work in all of its programs, CW2 provides context, curatorial support, and space for choreographers and their works.

CG is also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. CG is also supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Paisley Powell Elebash Fund, and Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit the project page. In addition, CG is made possible by a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant and an individual artist grant from Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.