In Thank you for Coming: Attendance, the premiere iteration of a larger series of works, choreographer Faye Driscoll heightens the ritual of performance to examine how our bodies and stories relate to and depend on one another - individuals come together to make something bigger than the sum of their parts. Created in collaboration with the five performers and the design team, Thank You For Coming: Attendance imagines a space in which we are all participants in the co-creation of our reality, and asks how performance can create a space of group action and transformation.
Created 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: Alexandra Rosenberg
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.
Thank You For Coming: Attendance was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2013-14 Commissioning Initiative, and a production residency at Danspace Project’s venue, St. Mark’s Church, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is also supported, in part, by The Jerome Foundation, 92Y New Works in Dance Fund, and a Headlands Alumni New Works Award, and with the assistance of New York State Council on the Arts, and is made possible through the sponsorship of The Field. Thank You For Coming is a project of Creative Capital and Attendance is co-commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Faye Driscoll received residency support from Park Avenue Armory, and is a participant in LMCC's Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.