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 “Thank You For Coming: Attendance” (2014), “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 the French-US Exchange in Dance (FUSED) (2014), The MAP Fund (2014 award for Thank You For Coming: Play), a Bogliasco Fellowship (2014), 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 (2010-15), 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, and is a 2014/15 Artist-In-Residence at The Performing Garage. Her work has been commissioned by Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, ICA/Boston, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, HERE Arts Center, and further presented at Fusebox Festival, UCLA, CounterPULSE, American Dance Festival, and The Yard. In Spring 2015, Driscoll will tour internationally with “You’re Me” to Theatre de Vanves in France, through the support of FUSED. She has also collaborated extensively with theater and performance artists including Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Jennifer Miller, and NTUSA. She was one of the only dance artists exhibited in YOUNGER THAN JESUS, the first in a series of triennials at New Museum; and her work is included in NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, the first biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design, on exhibit through October 2014.
photo (c) Kate Ryan
I am a choreographer who strives to investigate new forms of theatrical experience aimed to provoke feeling, stimulate the senses, and activate the mind. I am obsessed with the basic problem of being "somebody" in a world of other "somebodies," and in my work I attempt to pull apart this daily performance of self. I do this by enacting it in excess, blowing it up to the extreme in order to reveal its edges and create more space, more possibility for who we can be. Drawing on familiar images and archetypal scenes—such as poses from classical art, or the physicality of people in extreme states, from torture to religious rapture—I seek to animate the tension between image and felt experience. Strutting drag queens morph into a mother bird protecting and feeding her baby, who become beasts in a battle with one another, who turn into two people pushed to the brink of their relationship. My intention is to open up a space between extremes—where there is uncertainty and ambiguity, where falsehoods and truths mix. I often seduce the viewer with the representational so they might think, “I know what is happening, and who those people are,” then flip things on their head so that there is a loss of identity, and the viewer is left in the uncomfortable attempt to relocate themselves within that loss. I create manically choreographed physical and aural scores from these scenes and images, making them tightly constructed and difficult to get through. Through this labor, I hope to allow for a kind of transformation of both the performer and the viewer—to liberate the id, the erotic, and the fantastical. I use my work to convey the world I want to create, while grappling with the difficulties of negotiating the one we live in.