Former Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence, choreographer Faye Driscoll was kind enough to invite the Youth Corps to a dress rehearsal of her latest production, “Thank You For Coming.” The performance begins with multiple dancers piled up on and physically connected to one another which creates an image of one single being or pieces to a machine. One major detail that I found so engaging and somewhat intimidating is the eye contact between the performers and the audience. Based on what I understood in a conversation with Faye after the dress rehearsal, the idea was to create one single being and branch out into a larger group and eventually, an entire community.The dance piece was none like any performance I have ever seen! Toward the end of the performance, every audience member was given a prop or task that contributed to the piece one way or another, which really made me feel a part of this “community” Faye had envisioned. The Youth Corps highly recommends anyone interested in performance art and modern dance to check out Faye Driscoll’s productions.
Link to Faye’s website and info on “Thank You For Coming”: