Runtime: 65 mins
Weathering had its world premiere at New York Live Arts in April 2023. Driscoll was the 2021-2022 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist.
Driscoll’s newest work Weathering is a multi-sensory flesh and breath sculpture made of bodies, sounds, scents, liquids and objects. Ten performers enact a glacially morphing tableau vivant on a mobile raft-like stage surging through the Anthropocene. Their voices generate a score that crescendos and resonates as they clutch, careen and cleave, in a space too small to contain them, spilling off the edges. The audience embanks the performers, close enough to smell the sweat and feel the steam of the central, spiraling scenes. The symphonically active, luminously living work is a breathing, leaking, choreography of micro-events within a momentum thrusting from just beyond the perceivable.
The piece is performed by James Barrett, Kara Brody, Miguel Alejandro Castillo, Amy Gernux, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Jennifer Nugent, Cory Seals, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, and Jo Warren. Scenic Design is by Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan; Lighting Design by Amanda K. Ringger; Sound and Music Direction by Sophia Brous; Live Sound and Sound Design by Ryan Gamblin; Composition, Field recordings, and Sound Design by Guillaume Soula; Costume Design by Karen Boyer; and Dramaturgy by Dages Juvelier Keates.
Created by: Faye Driscoll
Performed by: James Barrett, Kara Brody, Miguel Alejandro Castillo, Amy Gernux, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Jennifer Nugent, Cory Seals, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, Jo Warren
Scenic Design: Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin
Lighting Design: Amanda K. Ringger
Sound and Music Direction: Sophia Brous
Live Sound and Sound Design: Ryan Gamblin
Composition, Field recordings, Sound Design: Guillaume Malaret
Dramaturgy: Dages Juvelier Keates
Choreographic Assistance: Amy Gernux
Costume Design: Karen Boyer
Intimacy Coordination: Yehuda Duenyas
Production Stage Management: Emily Vizina
Production and Company Manager: Lilach Orenstein
Weathering is commissioned and produced by New York Live Arts as part of the New York Live Arts Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist Program, and co-commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist Residency Center made possible by lead funding from The Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY, Wexner Center for the Arts, Theater der Welt 2023 in Frankfurt – Offenbach, and Julidans Amsterdam.
Additional support provided by members of Faye Driscoll’s Commissioners Circle, New York State Council on the Arts, Café Royal Cultural Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and developed with residency support from Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, and the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow.