Thank You for Coming
Faye Driscoll is a choreographer and director who strives to investigate new forms of theatrical experience aimed to provoke feeling, stimulate the senses and activate the mind.Artist Bio
Thank You For Coming is a series of works which heighten how we experience ourselves in relation to other bodies, other stories and the spaces we all inhabit, as a company of performers, designers, supporters and audiences is built around a long-term creative endeavor. Each iteration of Thank You For Coming—Attendance, and Play and Space—forms a unique lens onto how we subvert social experience to prove that we do not exist in a vacuum and are made toward the creation of interdependent societies, whether it is the creation of a connected body, a connected story or a connected space. Together, they form a contemporary ritual in which we experience and inhabit the interconnectivity and culpability of ourselves in a heightened arena, in an irreverent and rigorous effort to create new bodies, new stories and new forms. Along with a company of performers and collaborators who will be involved in making and supporting the creation of this series over the next several years, Faye Driscoll asks: How do we perceive ourselves as participants in the co-creation of our reality? Through performance can we collectively, in some small way, create a new vision of society? Ultimately, the works will exist in vibrant, dissonant relationship to one another, while forming an ambitious exaggeration of scale, duration, archive and community.
The final installment of the trilogy, Thank You For Coming: Space, took place in Los Angeles, CA at REDCAT from September 15–17, 2022.
Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer and director who strives to investigate new forms of theatrical experience aimed to provoke feeling, stimulate the senses and activate the mind. Driscoll has been called “a startlingly original talent” by The New York Times and “the most promising performing artist of her generation” by The Weekly Standard. She has choreographed four evening-length works with commissions from The Kitchen, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival and HERE Arts Center. Her work has been supported by a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Art grant, a National Dance Project NEFA production and touring award, multi-year support from the Jerome Foundation and the Greenwall Foundation, and a LMCC Fund for Creative Communities grant. She has collaborated extensively with theater artists, including Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Jennifer Miller and NTUSA. Her video, Loneliness, was featured in Younger than Jesus at the New Museum in 2009. Her work has toured to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Fusebox Festival, UCLA and ICA/Boston, with upcoming tours to CounterPULSE, the Wexner Center for the Arts, ADF and The Yard.
From the Journal
- Faye Driscoll’s Artist Diary: Thank You For Coming September 12, 2022
- Faye Driscoll Performs Thank You For Coming: Space at Walker Art Center March 5-8, 2020
- Faye Driscoll Premieres Her Creative Capital Project at Walker Art Center February 27—June 14, 2020