Returning Choreographic Fellow | February 12 - 19, 2023
Driscoll’s newest work, Weathering, is a multi-sensory flesh sculpture made of bodies, sounds, scents, liquids and objects. Ten people (dancers/singers/crew) 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. Driscoll and her team of collaborators ask: How do we feel the impact of events moving through us which are so much larger? Yet are animating and activating our bodies all the time? How do we get closer to the impact? Can we slow down enough to feel the dust, hurt, howl, absence, spill, plume?
While at MANCC and two months out from premiere, Driscoll will further her physicalized explorations that manifest the work’s conceptual concerns, in meshing movement and vocalizations with the mobile stage, as integral aspects of the overall work.
Brooklyn-based dancemaker, performer, writer and long-time collaborator with Driscoll, Jesse Zarritt, will join Driscoll in residency for three days as part of MANCC’s Embedded Writers Program.
Weathering will premiere at New York Live Arts on April 6 – 8 & 13 – 15, 2023.
This residency for Weathering is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Embedded writer Jesse Zaritt’s participation is supported, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.