Faye Driscoll

Faye Driscoll

 

Biography

Faye Driscoll was hailed as "1 of 25 to watch out for in 2008" by Dance Magazine. Her recent work, 837 Venice BLVD, was named "one of the top 5 dance shows of 2008" by the New York Times. Her video flip book dance, Loneliness, is featured in Younger Than Jesus the first edition of the New Museum’s new signature triennial in which fifty select artists from twenty-five countries are presented. This Summer Driscoll has been commissioned to create a new work at the American Dance Festival. Her new evening length show has been commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop and is set to premier in March 2010.In addition to creating her own work, Driscoll has collaborated with several theater artists. She is directing an act of Taylor Mac's 5-act epic extravaganza, The Lily's Revenge, premiering at HERE Arts Center in October 2009 and will be choreographing for Cynthia Hopkins new show The Truth: A One-Woman Greek Tragedy, premiering at Soho Rep in 2010. She recently choreographed for Jennifer Miller's Cracked Ice and the National Theater of the United States of America's Chautauqua! at PS122. She also choreographed for Church (PS122 and Under The Radar) and The Shipment (The Kitchen), two great plays by Young Jean Lee. Driscoll was a member of the HERE Artists Residency Program 2007-2009 and is an Artist Advisor at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she was an Artist-in-Residence 2005-2007. Formerly, Driscoll was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers, performed extensively with Yasmeen Godder and was choreographic assistant to David Neumann in his creation of The Common Foreign Language of the Red-Haired People with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts.

Artist Statement

I am a choreographer whose work blurs dance, theater and performance art. Motivated by the spectrum of human experience from the disturbing to the profound; I devise multi-dimensional dance dramas that engender complex experience by blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, arousal and disgust, fun and violence, spectacle and authenticity. Through a combination of movement invention, character development and unpredictable rhythmic structures I strive to investigate new forms of theatrical experience aimed to provoke feeling, stimulate the senses and activate the mind. I want to both entertain and disconcert; I want you to look at me and I want you look away. The result is often under-the-skin, hysterical, awkward and devastating. Whatever I am grappling with in my own life, whatever terrifies me, shames me, confuses me or fills me with rage is the subject of my work. My intention is open a space in between extremes, the gray and not so comfortable areas – where there is uncertainty, ambiguity and where both falsehoods and truths mix.