Faye Driscoll New York
Thank you for coming: Space
dance / performance — premiere
| English → FR, NL | ⧖ 1h20 | €18 / €15
How to be together. A recurring question in the work of American choreographer Faye Driscoll. In Thank you for coming: Space, she once again questions and reinvents the community that is formed during a performance through the nature of the relationships created between performers and audience. The stage is envisioned as a boxing ring, where Driscoll challenges with her presence the male myth of the self-made man. She appropriates the image during a very physical empowerment ritual whereby the audience is invited to collaborate in her choreographic writing as she pulls on ropes and pulleys, or lifts bricks and weights. Without ever falling into participatory and coercive theatre, Driscoll extends the performance’s sphere of influence to include the spectators in a festive and joyful ritual, allowing for the emergence of an ephemeral collective body, always in metamorphosis. This reflection on intimacy, connection with and distance from the public, which she has been engaged in for a long time, takes on a particularly present-day dimension in times of pandemic. On the occasion of the festival, Driscoll reconstitutes this work to make it compatible with today’s Covid measures, at the same time amplifying the power of choreography to create tension between physical proximity and distant relationship.
Creator, performer: Faye Driscoll | Visual Design: Nick Vaughan, Jake Margolin | Sound Design: Andrew Gilbert, Faye Driscoll | Lighting design: Amanda K. Ringger | Artistic advisors: Jesse Zaritt, Sacha Yanow | Rehearsal assistant: Izzy Miller | Production, management: George Lugg | Coproduction recreation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Tanz im August | Commissioned by: Peak Performances as part of the Performing Arts Residency Lab (PeARL) at Montclair State University, New Jersey | Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center | With funds provided by: the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through the Wexner Center Residency Award Program | The work was made possible with the generous support from: the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program, the Jerome Foundation | Developed with residency support from: Camargo Foundation, the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow, the Rauschenberg Foundation | Thank You for Coming: Space is a project of Creative Capital | Thank You for Coming: Space premiered April 2019 at The Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey