THANK YOU FOR COMING is a series of works in which Driscoll extends the sphere of influence of performance to create a communal space where the co-emergent social moment is questioned, heightened, and palpable. Through each distinct iteration Driscoll is asking: How do we perceive ourselves as participants in the co-creation of our reality, and through performance can we collectively create a new vision of society?

In Thank You For Coming: Attendance, the premiere iteration in Driscoll’s three part series, 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.

Thank You For Coming: Attendance premiered in March 2014 at Danspace Project

Originally Performed By: Giulia Carotenuto, Sean Donovan, Alicia Ohs, Brandon Washington & Nikki Zialcita
Additionally Performed By: Toni Melaas
Visual Design: Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin.
Lighting Design: Amanda K. Ringger
Sound Design and Original Composition:  Michael Kiley
Artistic Advisor: Jesse Zaritt
Choreographic Assistant: Nadia Tykulsker
Stage Manager: Alessandra Calabi

“This was the most engaging performance I’ve seen in a long time. With all its anarchy and purpose…”
– Wendy Perron, wendyperron.com

Calendar & History
July 5-9, 2017:
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA)
November 28 – 29, 2016:
Made in USA Festival, Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece)
October 27 – 28, 2016:
Belfast International Arts Festival, The MAC (Belfast, Ireland)
October 7 – 10, 2016:
Melbourne Festival, Arts House (Melbourne, Australia)
April 28 – May 1, 2016: Fisher Center at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
April 14 – 17, 2016: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
February 17 – 21, 2016: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
February 11 – 14, 2016: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
November 21 – December 7, 2015: Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia) & Theatre de Gennevilliers (Paris, France)
November 9 – 15: Patricelli ’92 Theater (Wesleyan University, Connecticut)
October 30: Centro Cultural Le Parc (Mendoza, Argentina)
October 25 – 26: Centro de Arte Experimental UNSAM (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
October 6 – 11: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston, MA)
May 9, 2015: Excerpt at LMCC’s Paths to Pier 42 Spring Celebration (New York, NY)
January 6 – 10, 2015: COIL Festival 2015 at Danspace Project (New York, NY)
July 10 – 12, 2014: Mass Live Arts (Great Barrington, MA)
March 6 – 15, 2014: Danspace Project (New York, NY) – World Premiere

Development
February 14, 2014:
LMCC Open Studio Showing (Governors Island, NY)
January 11, 2014: Open Rehearsal at Dixon Place (New York, NY)
August 29, 2013: Work-in-progress showing at the Park Avenue Armory (New York, NY)
May 6 – 23, 2013: Headlands Alumni New Works Award and Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA)
Mar. 1 – 3, 2013: Stripped/Dressed at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center (New York, NY)
February 22, 2013: Work-in-progress showing in CATCH –> AUNTS at the Invisible Dog (Brooklyn, NY)
November – December, 2012: Residency at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center (New York, NY)

Thank You For Coming: Attendance 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.