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About the Grant

$15,000 to support Yanira Castro’s Beacon (MAP 2004), a site-specific dance installation that explores the experience of dislocation in the aftermath of a violent event.

About the Project

Choreographer Yanira Castro’s Beacon is a site-specific dance installation that explores the experience of dislocation in the aftermath of a violent event. Inspired by the effect of violence in current world events and the state of shock that accompanies these experiences, Castro loosely borrows a classical structure of Greek Tragedy, the chorus, to depict an emotional landscape of violence. Confined within a narrow performance arena, three female dancers perform a series of abstract movement patterns and recite short excerpts from Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers. The text – focusing on the moment when The Furies appear to the hero, Orestes, after he has revenged his father’s murder by killing his mother – is dissected and presented in fragmented pieces. The text is excerpted so that it is a pure expression of horror – void of specific names or events, representing a universal cry of grief.

The dance merges violently undulating torsos, upturned eyes, panting and coughing with complex, interweaving floor arrangements. Minute phrases are deconstructed so that action is rarely continuous or fluid, but is interrupted and seldom fulfilled. Large bursts of abandoned movement invade the space--scampering, tripping and falling.

Beacon will be presented by Dance Theater Workshop in January, 2005 at The Brooklyn Lyceum in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Yanira Castro's <EM>Beacon.</EM>
Yanira Castro's Beacon.

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