Faye Driscoll
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Choreographer Faye Driscoll is a Doris Duke Award-winning performance maker who has been hailed as a “startlingly original talent” by The New York Times. Her most recent work, Thank You For Coming: Space, is a shared rite of passage—a conjuring of the transformative powers of presence and absence. The dance work unfolds within an intimate installation—wired for sound and upheld by pulleys, ropes, and the weight of others—where Driscoll appears alone with the audience. Through an alchemy of body, object, voice, and live sound, she builds a moving requiem for the human body, creating a world that is, like ourselves, alive and forever changeable.

Utterly original work. It doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking it up.

The New York Times

Thank You for Coming: Space was commissioned and co-produced by Peak Performances as part of the Performing Arts Research Lab (PeARL) at Montclair State University, New Jersey; and co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund; and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through the Wexner Center Residency Award Program. It had its world premiere at The Alexander Kasser Theater in 2019.

The work was made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program and the Jerome Foundation, and developed with residency support from Camargo Foundation, the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow and the Rauschenberg Foundation. Thank You for Coming: Space is a project of Creative Capital.

Cast & Crew

Conceived, Created and Performed by Faye Driscoll

Visual Design by Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin

Lighting Design by Amanda K. Ringger

Sound Design by Andrew Gilbert

Songs and Sounds by Faye Driscoll

Artistic Advisors: Jesse Zaritt and Sacha Yanow

Text Advisor: Amanda Davidson

Additional Advisor: Dages Juvelier Keates

Production Manager: Devin Cameron

Sound Engineers: Cordey Lopez and Zachary Crumrine

Company/Tour Management: Samantha Mohr

Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Gernux

Producer and Management: George Lugg

About the Artist

Faye Driscoll

Faye Driscoll is a Doris Duke Award-winning performance maker who has been hailed as a “startlingly original talent” by The New York Times and “a postmillenium postmodern wild woman” by The Village Voice. She is currently the Randjelovic/ Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Bessie award and the Jacob’s Pillow Artist Award among many others. Her work has been presented at Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, ICA/Boston, MCA Chicago and BAM, and internationally at Theater Bremen (Unusual Symptoms), Kunstenfestivaldesarts, La Biennale di Venezia, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Melbourne Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and Centro de Arte Experimental in Buenos Aires. In 2020, Faye’s first-ever solo exhibition, Come On In, opened at Walker Art Center, offering gallery-goers an experience of six distinct audio-guided experiences from her series Guided Choreography for the Living and the Dead. Faye also choreographs for plays and films, including the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, and Josephine Decker’s award-winning feature films Madeline’s Madeline and The Sky is Everywhere.