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Faye Driscoll

Thank You For Coming: Attendance


    • T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers
      December 3 to December 6

    Thank You For Coming: Atendance is the first in a series of choreographies in which Faye Driscoll investigates and reinvents the community that develops during the course of a performance. Whilst steering clear of any participatory, coercive forms of theatre, the American choreographer extends the sphere of influence of performance in order to incorporate the audience into a festive and joyous ritual, of the kind which permits the emergence of a collective experience. On stage, five dancers reveal themselves to the eyes of the audience and surrender their bodies to a succession of metamorphoses. The poses that the performers strike evoke paintings by the great classic artists, adopt all the extravagance of the drag queens, and recall the gesturing of a bird as it feeds its offspring, before entering into intense, extreme physical states. The choreographer Faye Driscoll constantly confronts members of the audience with images of an archetypal and utterly contemporary nature. Thanks to a surprising and audacious dramaturgy, she expresses a group’s utopian desires, made visible by the interdependence and intermingling of moving bodies, in parallel with its power in terms of formatting and uniformity. Since her first piece, Wow Mom, wow (2007), Faye Driscoll questions the notion of “being someone” in a world governed by the daily performance of being oneself. Her shows breed a disconcerting feeling of familiarity, into which strangeness makes a brutal intrusion. The purpose of this wiping out of all our reference points which ensues is none other than to try to create new ways of being together.

    December 5th,  15h
    Free Entrance
    Mona Bismarck American Center
    34 avenue de New York 75116 Paris
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    Faye Driscoll Speaks:
    Thank you for Coming: Attendance
    “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. Marking her performance at the Theatre de Gennevilliers, as part of the Festival d’Automne American dance series, Bessie award-winning choreographer Faye Driscoll speaks (in English) about her bold and surprising performance, Thank you for Coming: Attendance, taking us behind the scenes of her creative process, inspirations and desires for utopia


    Conception, Faye Driscoll
    With Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Toni Melaas, Alicia Ohs, Brandon Washington
    Visual design, Nick Vaughan et Jake Margolin
    Original music and sound, Michael Kiley
    Lighting design, Amanda K. Ringger
    Artistic advisor, Jesse Zaritt
    Stage manager, Nadia Tykulsker

    In partnership with T2G − Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // As part of New York Express PS122 at T2G and in collaboration with Performance Space 122 (New York) // With support from Danspace Project, Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project // With support from FUSED, French-US Exchange in Dance (a New England Foundation programme for the Arts’ National Dance Project, from the cultural department of the Embassy of France in the USA), FACE Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, and Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication français).