Faye Driscoll, Thank You For Coming work in progress

COIL Premiere


Jan 6 - 10

Thank You For Coming: Attendance
Faye Driscoll (NYC)

Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming series envisions a society in which performance is both a collective and political act. In Thank you for Coming: Attendance, the premiere iteration presented by Danspace Project in March 2014, 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.

Created by: Faye Driscoll

In collaboration with the company:

Performed by: Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Alicia Ohs, Brandon Washington & Nikki Zialcita
Visual Design: Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin
Sound Design: Michael Kiley
Lighting Design: Amanda K. Ringger
Artistic Advisor: Jesse Zaritt
Choreographic Assistant: Nadia Tykulsker

“Ms. Driscoll is fascinating in that she makes such 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

90 minutes running time


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 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 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 (2010-13), 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. Her own work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and HERE Arts Center. and further presented at Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA/Boston, Fusebox Festival, UCLA, CounterPULSE, American Dance Festival, American Realness Festival, and The Yard. She has also collaborated extensively with theater and performance artists including Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Jennifer Miller, and NTUSA; and was one of the only dance artists exhibited in YOUNGER THAN JESUS, the first in a series of triennials at the New Museum.


Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences through its Choreographic Center Without Walls. Through its acclaimed programming, including the PLATFORM series, Danspace Project commissions (over 450 new works since its inception in 1994) and explores models for public discourse and residencies for dance and performance. www.danspaceproject.org




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Thank You For Coming: Attendance was made possible by the Danspace Project 2013-14 Commissioning Initiative; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and Creative Capital with support from The Jerome Foundation, 92Y New Works in Dance Fund, a Headlands Alumni New Works Award and the assistance of New York State Council on the Arts, and is made possible through the sponsorship of The Field. Attendance received a production residency at Danspace Project’s venue, St. Mark’s Church, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Faye Driscoll received residency support from Park Avenue Armory, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional presentation support provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance and Jerome Robbins Foundation.


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