Choreographer Faye Driscoll returns to Peak Performances to stage the world premiere of the final part of her “Thank You for Coming” trilogy. She conceives “Space” as a joyful requiem for the myth of human progress. Performers reanimate historical and contemporary images, from scratches on a cave wall to snapshots in an Instagram feed, forcing us to consider how we are creating ourselves and our worlds when we make an image. The audience is invited to ponder the possibility that progress happens in the shape of spiral rather than a line in this tableau-vivant meets sing-along.
Alexander Kasser Theater
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Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning performance maker who has been called a “startlingly original talent” by The New York Times. Thank You For Coming is the umbrella title for a series of works which Driscoll began creating in 2012 which will culminate in 2020. Each distinct work in the series desires to extend the sphere of influence of performance to create a communal space where the co-emergent social moment is questioned, heightened, and palpable. Driscoll’s work has been presented at venues nationally such as the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, MCA/Chicago, Wesleyan University, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, and the American Dance Festival, and internationally at the Théâtre de Vanves’ Festival Artdanthé, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Melbourne Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and Centro de Arte Experimental (Universidad Nacional de San Martín) in Buenos Aires. Her work was exhibited in Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum, and included in NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, the first biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design. Driscoll has collaborated with theater and performance artists such as Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Jennifer Miller, and the National Theater of the United States of America, and recently choreographed for a new film by Josephine Decker. Driscoll has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital award, a NEFA National Dance Project, Production Residencies for Dance Grant, a French-US Exchange in Dance Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant. She has also been funded by the MAP Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a grateful recipient of a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award and a 2016 USA Doris Duke Fellowship.
In The News
GIA KOURLAS, THE NEW YORK TIMES: “The Spectator as Playmate and Prop Assistant”
The work, choreographed by Faye Driscoll, requires the audience to move and quite a bit more…Performed in the round, “Thank You for Coming” is the first in a series of works by Ms. Driscoll exploring how people experience themselves in relationship to others. Continue Reading
SIOBHAN BURKE, THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Faye Driscoll’s Tingling Force Field With the Dance Audience”
“Play” is the second chapter of Ms. Driscoll’s “Thank You for Coming” trilogy, which explores that “third space” between spectators and performers…In “Play,” she turns her attention to the social experience of creating, telling and making meaning through stories. Continue Reading
Programs in Peak Performances’ 2018-19 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.