The People to Come was born in Brooklyn. After two years in development and a year on tour to four different cities with over 700 audience submissions and 50 dances created, we want to bring it home and share The People to Come with New York City.
The People to Come starts with the audience. We invite them to create inspirations from which the performers will make dances. The dances are then developed in front of the audience and performed for them in a cycle that lasts four hours. Audiences can come and go, make inspirations, watch the performers at work, see the final dances. It is, as performer Peter Musante describes it, "an espresso shot of process." To learn more about the project, see what audiences have created or to add your own work as inspiration for the performers, please visit thepeopletocome.org.
Here in New York, we have the amazing presenting support of The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, a venue we adore. BUT… we don’t have direct commissioning support.
What does not having commissioning support for this project mean?
It means we have a fabulous space with a suggested donation for tickets, but we don’t have the built-in funds to support the amazing artists and collaborators who perform and design this work. We have performed it for FREE everywhere we have toured the piece, thanks to our amazing sponsors. And that is the right spirit for a project that relies on the audience’s input for the dance to even exist. In New York, the public is asked only to pay what they can.
And that is why KICKSTARTER and YOU need to come together. In the same way that we have reached out to audiences to join us in making the work by providing inspiration to the performers: we are now asking YOU – friends, family, supporters, fans, strangers – to give to this campaign and help make the shows in New York City possible. In exchange for your support, we offer a variety of rewards and our never-ending gratitude. Because funding is all-or-nothing, it is imperative that we raise our full goal to move forward with this project.
Anything you give is GREAT - TRULY GREAT - $5 or $50 or $500. It is the little and the lot ALL coming together to make something great happen: to make The People to Come. Be a part of our team, and give what you can. We will give back with everything we’ve got! THANK YOU.
a canary torsi is a performance group of dancers and designers formed by choreographer Yanira Castro that develop site-adaptable, installation-based performance projects. Our work stems from a commitment to making dances that are truly live, dances that are not predetermined, but radically impacted by the audience.
Direction + Choreography: Yanira Castro
Performance + Choreography: Simon Courchel, Luke Miller, Peter Musante, Peter Schmitz, Darrin Wright
Installation/Lighting/Costume Designer: Kathy Couch
Web Director: Sam Lerner
Composer: Stephan Moore
Musicians: Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, Tim Rovinelli, Suzanne Thorpe
Archivists: Tess Dworman, Kirsten Schnittker
The People to Come has toured to The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Vermont Performance Lab, The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, and SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME.
Special thanks to the following organizations whom have generously supported the making and touring of this piece: Vermont Performance Lab, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, The Jerome Foundation, NEFA’s Expeditions program, New Music USA Live Music for Dance, LMCC’s Swing Space program, Brown University's Creative Arts Council, Maine Arts Commission, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Invisible Dog’s Kickstarter donors.
Risks and challenges
The risks of any creative endeavor are great, but it is precisely for these reasons that it can mean so much, not only to those who are making the work but to the public who comes in contact with it. Dance is a particularly risky endeavor - with large teams of collaborators and many hours of rehearsals and production expenses that include lights, costumes, live music, etc. It is truly large what goes into the making of a project as complex as The People to Come. We call it THE MACHINE.
But we did it! The People to Come has already been performed in four different cities. And people's lives in other towns have been tremendously moved. People who thought they were coming for 30 minutes, stayed for four hours. People who thought they would not create submissions, found themselves in the archive making. It is these experiences that mean the world to us at a canary torsi.
It is why we make live art.
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