Brooklyn-based choreographer and director Faye Driscoll takes audiences on a joyous and intriguingly wild ride in Attendance, the first work from her three-part series Thank You for Coming.
Deceptively chaotic and spontaneous, Driscoll rigorously crafts a heightened exploration of how we experience ourselves in relationship to others. The charged rituals of social engagement are enacted and tweaked to excess by five virtuosic performers, who 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.
Staged in the round, the lines between performer and spectator are softened until they feel their own culpability as co-creators, and disassemblers, of the performance. 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.
The presentation of Thank You for Coming: Attendance continues Arts House’s ongoing exchange program with New York’s Performance Space 122.
Concept & Direction:
Faye Driscoll in collaboration with the performers
Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Alicia Ohs, Toni Melaas, Brandon Washington
Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin
Sound Design/Original Composition:
Lighting Design & Production Management:
Amanda K Ringger
Tour Manager/Stage Manager:
Costume Construction & Alteration:
Sarah Thea Swafford
Supported by – Thank You For Coming: Attendance was made possible by the Danspace Project 2013-14 Commissioning Initiative; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Creative Capital; The Jerome Foundation; 92Y New Works in Dance Fund; a Headland Alumni New Works Award; New York State Council on the Arts; and The Field. It received a production residency at Danspace Project’s venue, St. Mark’s Church, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Thank You For Coming: Attendance is commissioned by Mass Live Arts through a multi-year residency and presentation commitment.
Image by – Maria Baranova