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Thunder & Clash (from Last Audience)

June 24, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Thunder & Clash (from Last Audience)

At 21c, interdisciplinary artist Yanira Castro will be guiding the audience through a set of performance scores from her award-winning work, Last Audience. Enacted by the audience, Last Audience is an immersive, participatory work that invites the audience into a sensory-rich communal experience. Drawing on language and themes from requiems and Greek classical tragedy on judgement and democratic formation, Last Audience moves inside the unstable space between the perfunctory and the transformative.

Yanira Castro is the 2022 MOCO Artist-in-Residence. This project is supported in part by the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI). For more information, visit

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This performance is an immersive participatory experience with limited seating. Please let us know upon arrival if you require a seat. For everyone’s safety and to care for the performer who will be unmasked, we are requiring audience members to show proof of vaccination and wear masks during the entirety of the 30 minute performance. Masks will be provided.


Yanira Castro is a Puerto Rican born interdisciplinary artist living in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY). Since 2009, she has made participatory performances and interactive installations with a team of collaborators under the moniker, a canary torsi. Her work is rooted in communal construction as a practice of radical democracy and invites the public into co-creation. Castro is the recipient of the 2022 Herb Alpert Award for Dance and has received two New York Dance & Performance (a.k.a BESSIE) Awards for Outstanding Production, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship as well as various commissions, residencies and national project grant awards. She has been commissioned and/or presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, New York Live Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Abrons Arts Center, Danspace Project, The New Museum, ISSUE Project Room, The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, and EMPAC, among others, and has toured nationally and internationally. She has received residency support for her work including MacDowell, Yaddo, IN_Residence @ Dancehouse (Australia), Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy). She is a co-author of “Creating New Futures,” two collectively-written documents drafted as calls-to-action to address deep-rooted inequities in the performance field.

About MOCO

MOCO is an interdisciplinary conference that explores the use of computational technology to support and understand human movement practice (e.g. computational analysis) as well as movement as a means of interacting with computers (e.g. movement interfaces). This requires a wide range of computational tasks including modeling, representation, segmentation, recognition, classification, or generation of movement information but also an interdisciplinary understanding of movement that ranges from biomechanics to embodied cognition and the phenomenology of bodily experience. We therefore invite submissions from a wide range of disciplines including (but not limited to): Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Dance, Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, Sports Science, Machine Learning, Cognitive Science, Visual Arts, Robotics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Music, Affective Computing, Games, Healthcare and Animation.

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June 24, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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21c Museum Hotel Chicago
55 E Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
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