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The final installment of her Wex-supported movement trilogy, Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Space is a shared rite of passage that invites us to confront life’s final flourishing and our potential for both the grotesque and the sublime.
The work unfolds within an intimate installation that’s wired for sound and upheld by ropes, pulleys, and the weight of others. Appearing alone with the audience, the Bessie Award–winning performance-maker builds a moving requiem for the human body through an alchemy of gesture, object, voice, and live sound, conjuring a world that’s alive and forever changeable.
Like the other critically acclaimed works in Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming series—Attendance (2014) and Play (2016)—Space summons the unnamed forces that surge between the viewer and the viewed in order to create a communal realm where our experiences are heightened, questioned, and made palpable.
Thank You for Coming: Space was supported through a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award. Thank You for Coming: Attendance was presented at the Wexner Center in 2016. Thank You for Coming: Play, supported by an Artist Residency Award, premiered at the Wexner Center in 2016.
Faye Driscoll, Thank You For Coming: Space, photo: Maria Baranova
Thank You for Coming: Space was commissioned by Peak Performances as part of the Performing Arts Research Lab (PeARL) at Montclair State University, New Jersey, and co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, and by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through its Artist Residency Award program.
The work was made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program and the Jerome Foundation and developed with residency support from Camargo Foundation, the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Thank You for Coming: Space is a project of Creative Capital.
Thank You for Coming: Space was coproduced by Peak Performances at Montclair State University and had its world premiere at the university’s The Alexander Kasser Theater in 2019.
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