Faye Driscoll: You’re Me
Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me considers how we are constantly made-up and un-done by each other. In this evening-length duet with Jesse Zaritt, Driscoll probes and obfuscates the inescapable nature of relationships as the contemporary, archetypal, fantastical, and personal crash into each other, bending and warping in one shrug, quarrel, or reframing of a scene. Sliding from the everyday to the uncanny and bizarre, Driscoll’s choreography poses questions about the similarly slippery nature of self and other. How do our fantasies of ourselves and of each other create new possibilities for being, and yet give birth to friction, failure, and loss? How does our very desire to be more than we are transform us? How do two bodies on a stage make meaning out of empty space, embedded in the inescapable entanglement of the performance of you and me, and while asking, “Am I getting it right?”
Collaborators include Nina Mankin (Dramaturgy), Sara C. Walsh (Set Design), Chris Giarmo (Sound Design), Emily Roysdon (Costume & Prop Design), and Amanda K. Ringger (Lighting Design).
You're Me has been co-commissioned by The Kitchen and The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State 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.
This program is made possible by support from The Greenwall Foundation. Dance programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Photo: Christy Pessagno
April 12–April 21, 2012
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–by Kate Ryan and Faye Driscoll and Chris Giarmo
–The New York Times