July 14 @ 7pm
As part of our multi-year commitment, MLA welcomes back Faye Driscoll Group as festival artists-in-residence. For ten days, they will be working on THANK YOU FOR COMING: PLAY(working title), the second installment of the THANK YOU FOR COMING series. Our audiences will be invited to take a sneak peek into the process of the work, and then see the completed work. Play is scheduled to premiere in 2016.
PLAY, the second iteration in the series, is currently in development. The new piece focuses on the ritual of storytelling, forcing it to the forefront of a physically-driven dance-play which investigates how we rely on stories to relate to one another and form identities as individuals and as citizens. How does the creation of narrative at once define and reduce who we are and how we can be? By drawing on tropes of narration, pantomime, singing, and lip-syncing, the work is about how our stories and the way they are told impact, transform, and are reflected in our bodies, relationships and societies.
THANK YOU FOR COMING is a series of works about how we are all wrapped up in each other whether we like it or not. It is a series of works in which Faye Driscoll investigates and reinvents the community that develops during the course of a performance. Each unique work in the series poses performance as a contemporary ritual act where we gather to sense that we do not exist in a vacuum.
Conceived, choreographed and directed by Faye Driscoll
In collaboration with the company:
Performers: Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Alicia Ohs, Brandon Washington, Nikki Zialcita
Visual Design: Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin
Lighting Design: Amanda K. Ringger
Sound Design: Michael Kiley
Artistic Advisor: Jesse Zaritt
Choreographic Assistant: Nadia Tykulsker
Producer: Sandra Garner
Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer and director who strives to investigate new forms of theatrical experience in order to provoke feeling, stimulate the senses and activate the mind. Works include You’re Me (2012), There is so much mad in me (2010), 837 Venice Boulevard (2008), and Wow Mom, Wow (2007). Driscoll is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Creative Capital performing arts award, and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. Her work is also supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Dance Program (2013-14), New York State Council on the Arts (2013-14), NEFA’s National Dance Project production and touring award (2010-13), The Jerome Foundation (2012-14), Greenwall Foundation (2008-11), and a LMCC Fund for Creative Communities grant (2010). She was awarded a 2013 Alumni New Works award from Headlands Center for the Arts, where she was first in residence in 2011. She was a 2011 Choreographic Fellow at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and an artist in residence at Baryshnikov Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y, and Park Avenue Armory. Her own work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and HERE Arts Center. and further presented at Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA/Boston, Fusebox Festival, UCLA, CounterPULSE, American Dance Festival, American Realness Festival, and The Yard. She has also collaborated extensively with theater and performance artists including Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Jennifer Miller, and NTUSA; and was one of the only dance artists exhibited in YOUNGER THAN JESUS, the first in a series of triennials at the New Museum.