WEST COAST PREMIERE: In the second installment of her Thank You for Coming series, Driscoll uses the ritual of storytelling to explore our human reliance on stories to relate to one another and form identities as individuals and citizens. Play focuses on the shadows, gaps, repetitions and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it. In this strange and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, where the physical and aural exist in a slippery relationship, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift and speak through and for each other. This semi-fictional collective autobiography explores “who we are” as both mythically urgent and elusively empty. How does language at once define andreduce our lived experience? Play lays bare the dichotomous experience of self and the performance of self; of being among and being alone; of communion and alienation. Mouths and bodies say one thing while words say another in a strange and delightful meditation on the social nature and corporeal faltering of language.
FAYE DRISCOLL is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer and director whose work is rooted in an obsession with the problem of being ‘somebody’ in a world of other ‘somebodies’. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at such venues as Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA/Boston, Danspace Project, HERE Arts Center, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, Fusebox Festival, UCLA, CounterPULSE, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Yard and she has toured internationally to Theatre de Vanves Festival Artdanthe, Theatre de Gennevilliers, Festival D’Automne a Paris, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Centro de Arte Experimental UNSAM in Buenos Aires, Melbourne Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, and Made-in-USA Festival through the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Baryshnikov Arts Center and Park Avenue Armory, and a choreographic fellow at MANCC. Driscoll has been funded by The MAP Fund, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital award, a French-US Exchange in Dance grant (FUSED), NYSCA, a Foundation for Contemporary Art grant, NEFA’ s National Dance Project production and touring award, The Jerome Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, and LMCC. Driscoll is a recipient of a 2016 Doris Duke Award and is a 2016 United States Artists Doris Duke Fellow. Driscoll has collaborated with theater and performance artists including Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, and Jennifer Miller. She was one of the only dance artists exhibited in YOUNGER THAN JESUS, the first in a series of triennials at New Museum, and her work was included in NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, the first biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design. Her most recent work, Thank You For Coming: Play, premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts and then BAM in Fall 2016 and is currently touring.
Lead commissioner for Thank You For Coming: Play is Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through its Wexner Center Artist Residency Award program. Co-commissioning partners are BAM, Summer Stages Dance @ Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Walker Art Center with support from the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council developed as part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional commissioning support was provided by Mass Live Arts through a multi-year residency and presentation commitment. Thank You For Coming: Play is made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional project funding provided by Creative Capital’s MAP Fund, which is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Thank You For Coming: Play is a project of Creative Capital. Faye Driscoll is the 2016 Harkness Foundation Artist in Residence at BAM Fisher. Thank You For Coming: Play was created with the support of a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. Additional residency support for Thank You For Coming: Play was provided by Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Performing Garage Presents visiting artist series and a Production Residency grant funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. TYFC: PLAY was supported, in part, through a generous rehearsal space grant from chashama.