MCA: Faye Driscoll

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Thank You for Coming: Attendance

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) – MCA Stage
220 E Chicago Ave
Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $30 general, $24 members, $10 students
(subject to availability)
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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 Thank You for Coming: Attendance (2014), 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 the French-US Exchange in Dance (FUSED) (2014), The MAP Fund (2014 award for Thank You For Coming: Play), a Bogliasco Fellowship (2014), 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 (2010-15), 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, and is a 2014/15 Artist-In-Residence at The Performing Garage. Her work has been commissioned by Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA/Boston, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, HERE Arts Center, and further presented at Fusebox Festival, UCLA, CounterPULSE, American Dance Festival, and The Yard. In Spring 2015, Driscoll will tour with You’re Me to Theatre de Vanves in France, through the support of FUSED. She has also collaborated extensively with theater and performance artists including Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Jennifer Miller, and NTUSA. 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 is included in NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, the first biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design, on exhibit through October


About the Project
Faye Driscoll’s trilogy Thank You for Coming envisions a society in which performance is both a collective and political act. In Attendance, the first phase of the trilogy, performers pass through ever-morphing states of physical entanglement and scenes of distorted familiarity, building new bodies, new stories, and new ways of being around a constantly constructed and re-imagined group experience. Intimately staged in the round, Driscoll crafts a heightened reality of observation, invitation and interdependence. As audience and performers increasingly find themselves becoming one, a beautiful and chaotic shared identity emerges, culminating in a dynamic ritual of action and transformation.

“It’s like the craziest game of Twister you’ve ever seen, except taken to much deeper, provocative, metaphysical levels while, as is Driscoll’s wont, changing many of the rules.”
— This Week In New York

“Where Ms. Driscoll’s expertise comes in is at the pace of the piece: rather than allowing her audience to sort of loll in the shapes taking place, we were instead yanked from moment to moment, always alert and continuing to grab ahold of the next shape before the dancers could even put the finishing touches on it.”
— Bachtrack

This performance is for a limited audience of up to 120 people.

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Thank You For Coming is a project of Creative Capital and is supported in part by funding from NYSCA and the Jerome Foundation. The work is also supported by the LMCC Extended Life program, a Headlands Alumni New Works Award, and residencies at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and the Park Avenue Armory.

Photo Credits: Maria Baranova

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