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A show about being all wrapped up in each other – Thank You For Coming

About this project

Thank You For Coming is an ambitious and exciting performance project. Over the next few years, I will create a series of choreographic works which heighten how we experience ourselves in relation to other bodies, other stories, and the spaces we all inhabit, as a company of performers, designers, supporters, and audiences is built around a long-term creative endeavor.

Each iteration of Thank You For Coming will form a unique lens onto how we subvert social experience to prove that we do not exist in a vacuum. They are made toward the creation of interdependent societies, whether it is the creation of a connected body, a connected story, or a connected space. Together, they form a contemporary ritual in which we experience and inhabit the interconnectivity and culpability of ourselves in a heightened arena, in an irreverent and rigorous effort to create new bodies, new stories, and new forms.

Ultimately, the works will exist in vibrant, dissonant relationship to one another, while forming an ambitious exaggeration of scale, duration, archive, and community.

The first iteration of Thank You For Coming will premiere at Danspace Project in March 2014. 

Individual bodies come together to make something bigger than the sum of their parts, a series of entanglements exploit how dance and performance have been used as tools to embody knowledge, to pass on experience, and to liberate the id, the erotic, and the fantastical.  By imagining a society in which we are all participants in the co-creation of our reality, Thank You For Coming asks how performance can create a ritual space of group action and transformation.

In our attempt to create this new society around our work, every aspect of this performance is connected and in some way created from within ––

We have conceived an ambitious visual design led by Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin, who have created a movable set of interlocking parts, costumes which are not always what they appear to be, and who are transforming Danspace into a giant sculpture of people and things. 

Working with me and the dancers in rehearsal, Sound Designer Michael Kiley will also perform in the work, and is devising an original composition that is sung, recorded, percussive, and ultimately created live with the audience.

One of my longest collaborators, Lighting Designer Amanda K. Ringger is conceiving of lighting which gives and pulls focus, and which is controlled by various people, maybe even including you...

The work has been built in close collaboration with the performers – Giulia, Ayo, Nikki, Sean, and Brandon are tireless, fearless, and fierce. 

And so many others – Jesse Zaritt is my artistic advisor and confidant, Nadia Tykulsker who is with us every day is a dream as my choreographic assistant and confidant, and Alexandra Rosenberg, my producer and manager is with us every step of the way to keep everything on track. Plus the countless friends, colleagues, interns, and strangers who watch, advise, and assist. And the institutions, foundations, and organizations who have contributed space, cash, and resources along the way.

We are creating something very special, and something very ambitious, and something that is just the beginning.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this a reality and close our budget gap. Your contributions will go toward paying the performers, designers, and administrators who are working so hard to build this piece, and toward the labor and materials necessary to construct this fantastical world of the performance.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

CREDITS:

Choreographed and Directed by Faye Driscoll

Visual Design by Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin

Sound Design and Original Composition by Michael Kiley

Lighting Design by Amanda K. Ringger

Artistic Advisor: Jesse Zaritt

Choreographic Assistant: Nadia Tykulsker

Performed by Giulia CarotenutoSean Donovan, Alicia OhsBrandon Washington, and Nikki Zialcita

Produced by Alexandra Rosenberg

Thank You For Coming is made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2013-14 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the generous individuals who give to the Creation Fund, and is supported, in part, by The Jerome Foundation, 92Y New Works in Dance Fund, and a Headlands Alumni New Works Award, and with the assistance of New York State Council on the Arts, and is made possible through the sponsorship of The Field. Thank You For Coming is a project of Creative Capital and is co-commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Faye Driscoll received residency support from Park Avenue Armory, and is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In addition, Thank You For Coming will receive a production residency at Danspace Project’s venue, St. Mark’s Church, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Performances are March 6-8, 11, and 13-15, 2015 at 8pm at Danspace Project.

Kickstarter video shot and edited by Victoria Sendra. Special thanks to Julia Vickers and Nadia Tykulsker.

Risks and challenges

I have been dancing and making performances since I was a kid. And I've been fortunate enough to find support to make my own work, and to collaborate with some amazing contemporary performance artists. Making work which examines the joy, pathos, and challenges of what it means to be somebody in a world of other somebodies.

There is risk and challenge to any creative, personal, and professional endeavor. I do and create in spite of this, and treat it as just another layer in my work.

To lay out the course of work I will be making over the next several years is a risky and confident statement. I believe in this society we are creating, and I also believe it will be marvelous and scary and hard and completely rewarding.

If we do not reach our fundraising goal, we will be stepping off on a bad foot, sure, but it will not deter us at all from making these works.

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    THE YOUNG JEAN LEE COLLECTORS ITEM SPECIAL // This is a special "Friends of Faye" gift item -- you will receive these special items from the incredible Young Jean Lee: a signed Future Wife CD, a signed script of "The Shipment", and a signed script of "Lear". Plus a tote-ally rad "Thank You For Coming" tote bag + thank you in the program + a shout-out on Facebook!

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    THE KYLE ABRAHAM COLLECTORS ITEM SPECIAL // This is a special "Friends of Faye" gift item -- you will receive a one of a kind "specially curated" mix-tape made by the amazing Kyle Abraham! (limit to only 3!) Plus a tote-ally rad "Thank You For Coming" tote bag + thank you in the program + a shout-out on Facebook!

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    ONCE UPON A TIME ... // One of the collaborators from "Thank You For Coming" will handwrite and mail you a story from their childhood. It's getting personal. Plus all of the above!

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    PROCESS, IT'S ALL ABOUT PROCESS // You will receive an invitation to attend a rehearsal in NYC during the development of Faye's next work in Fall 2014. Plus all of the above! (excluding the "Collectors Item Specials" and "Once Upon A Time...")

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    FROM THE ARCHIVES // You will receive a hand-selected, surprise performance relic from the Faye Driscoll performance archives (costume, set, prop, wig, etc). Plus all of the above! (excluding the "Collectors Item Specials" and "Once Upon A Time...")

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    ... IN THE GREEN ROOM // You will receive two tickets to attend the opening night performance of "Thank You For Coming" at Danspace Project, with a celebration in the dressing room after the show. Plus all of the above! (excluding the "Collectors Item Specials" and "Once Upon A Time...")

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    OUR SAVIOR // You will receive the complete DVD collection of Faye Driscoll's work since 2008: an exclusive 5-DVD set will include the high-quality, 3-camera shoot of "Thank You For Coming." Plus all of the above (excluding the "Collectors Item Specials"), including a short story from Faye's childhood, written by Faye herself! And our eternal gratitude. And possibly we will create a totem to you, incorporated into the set, worshipped forever. And ever.

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