You’re Me

You’re Me considers how we are constantly made-up and un-done by each other. In this evening-length duet Driscoll probes and obfuscates the inescapable nature of relationship as the contemporary, archetypal, fantastical and personal crash into each other, bending and warping in one shrug, quarrel, or reframing of a scene. Imbued with the adrenaline of potentially dire consequences, You’re Me is a moving portrait of the impossible struggle to unhinge the palindromic loop of self and other. With the constraint of just two performers on stage the whole time, Driscoll and her co-performer fight a sweaty, evocative, disturbing and deeply funny battle with the dualism they face; male/female, director/performer and performer/audience. They ask: What do you see when you see us on stage? How does our very desire to be more than we are transform us? How do our fantasies of ourselves and of each other create new possibilities for being, and yet give birth to friction, failure, and loss? You’re Me is a kind of tango with chaos and recurrence in which the performers attempt to simultaneously control and destroy the frame through which they are seen – all the while asking, “Am I getting it right?”

You’re Me premiered in April 2012 at The Kitchen.

Originally performed by: Faye Driscoll & Jesse Zaritt
Additionally performed by: Faye Driscoll & Aaron Mattocks
Set Design: Sara C. Walsh
Sound Design: Chris Giarmo
Costume & Prop Consulting: Emily Roysdon
Lighting Design: Amanda K. Ringger
Dramaturgy: Nina Mankin

“Faye Driscoll is a postmillenium, postmodern wild woman. A wild woman with a scrupulous sense of form that she tweaksinto eye-opening weirdness. Ferocious, hilarious, and disturbing…”
– Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

February 9, 2015: Theatre de Vanves Festival Artdanthe (Paris, France)
September 20, 2014: “Redux” at On Edge Festival (Santa Barbara, CA)
July 19 & 20, 2013: The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)
June 23 – 25, 2013: American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)
March 21 – 23, 2013: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
March 7 – 10, 2013: CounterPULSE (San Francisco, CA)
January 18 – 20, 2013: American Realness Festival (New York, NY)
November 2 & 3, 2012: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston, MA)
October 3, 2012: Prelude Festival (New York, NY)
April 26 & 27, 2012: UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Los Angeles, CA)
April 12 – 21, 2012: The Kitchen (New York, NY) – World Premiere
August, 2011: Chicago Dancing Festival (Chicago, IL)
June, 2011: The Joyce Theater (New York, NY) – Section Premiere

You’re Me has been co-commissioned by The Kitchen and The Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio University. You’re Me has been created, in part, through a NEFA National Dance Project production grant which are generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. You’re Me has also been created in part, through a Greenwall Foundation Grant, a Jerome Foundation Grant, and has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through a residency at Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, a Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography fellowship, and residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. You’re Me was developed in part at the Key City Public Theater, supported by Westaf’s Tourwest grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.