a canary torsi: COURT/GARDEN excerpts

Please visit aspectacleinthreeacts.org, a companion piece to Court/Garden created by
Helen Gaffigan, to experience a visual re-contextualization of the research behind CG.

Direction, Text & Choreography: Yanira Castro
Performance & Choreography: Simon Courchel, Tess Dworman, Luke Miller, Pamela Vail,
Darrin Wright + Kimberley Young
Environment/Lighting: Kathy Couch
Costumes: Miodrag Guberinic
Composer: Stephan Moore
Video Feeds: Peter Richards

Cupids: Tony Carlson + Kirsten Schnittker
Cherubs: Martita Abril, Stormy Budwig, Haley Fish, Presley Oldham
​Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau​
Production Manager/Stage Manager: William Schaffner
Perfumer: Jennifer Goodheart
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


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. In addition, CG is made possible by a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant and an individual artist grant from Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.

The development of CG was made possible, in part, by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and by a 2014 LMCC Process Space artist residency (LMCC.net). CG was additionally supported with a residency at Amherst College through the Theater & Dance Department and a 2013 space grant from Gibney Dance Center. The project was initially supported with a research residency with Baroque Dance practitioner Catherine Turocy at the former Dance New Amsterdam.

Danspace Project / St Mark’s Church , NYC
video documentaion produced by
The Jerome Robbins Division of Lincolcn Center LIbrary for the PerormingArts

recorded during peformances, Friday, October 10, 2014
camera: Juddy Lieff, center / Ellen Maynard, angle – detail

additional footage, balcony: Saturday, October 11, 2014

editing by Peter Richards
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