Inside the Pillow Lab: Faye Driscoll
Inside the Pillow Lab is an intimate new film series that captures works in process and behind-the-scenes moments of what it’s like for artists to live, work, and rehearse together again in COVID-compliant residencies on the Pillow’s retreat-like campus. “Being in a place, being in an era, for instance an era of mass extinction, is intrinsically uncanny. We haven’t been paying much attention.” —Timothy Morton, All Art is Ecological Faye 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? INSIDE THE PILLOW LAB Faye Driscoll RESIDENCY DATES: December 5-18, 2022 CREATIVE TEAM Creator: Faye Driscoll Performers: James Barrett, Kara Brody, Miguel Alejandro Castillo, Amy Gernux, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Jennifer Nugent, Cory Seals, Eliza Tappan, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, Jo Warren Scenic Design: Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan Vocal Design: Sophia Brous Lighting Design: Amanda Ringger Sound Design: Ryan Gamblin Dramaturgy: Dages Juvelier Keates Choreographic Assistant: Amy Gernux Intimacy Coordination: Yehuda Duenyas Production Stage Management: Emily Vizina New York Live Arts Producer: Hannah Emerson Jernigan FILMING: Erica Spizz NEL SHELBY PRODUCTIONS Nel Shelby, Producer Ashli Bickford, Editor Benjamin Richards, Graphic Animation Sonia Bartolomeo "Weathering" is commissioned and produced by New York Live Arts as part of the Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist Program, which is made possible with lead funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and has been named for lead donors Jon Stryker and New York Live Arts board Vice-chair Slobodan Randjelović; and co-commissioned by Theater der Welt and The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist Residency Center, made possible by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional commissioning support provided by Wexner Center for the Arts and members of Faye Driscoll’s Commissioners Circle. The work is made possible with generous support from New York State Council on the Arts, Café Royal Cultural Foundation, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and developed with residency support from Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow, and Dancers’ Workshop. The 2022-2023 PILLOW LAB RECEIVES LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FROM: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation © 2022 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.
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Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Deborah Goffe/Scapegoat Garden
Inside the Pillow Lab: Deborah Goffe/Scapegoat Garden
Deborah Goffe came to the Pillow to develop "Liturgy|Order|Bridge," a work inspired by the communal embodiment in the Black church and the absurdity of Fellini's ecclesiastical fashion show.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Sonya Tayeh & Jenn Freeman
Inside the Pillow Lab: Sonya Tayeh & Jenn Freeman
"Is It Thursday Yet?" is a stimulating hybrid of theatricality and clinical analysis, a solo dance work with live musical accompaniment exploring autistic choreographer and dancer Jenn Freeman’s neurodivergent brain in motion.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Michael Sakamoto
Inside the Pillow Lab: Michael Sakamoto
"Garden of the Wilis" is planned as a devised work blending legacies in ballet and butoh and reflecting aesthetic and cultural shifts in the performing arts as embodied in the personal narratives of the lead performers: former ABT/Broadway/film perfo
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: André Zachery
Inside the Pillow Lab: André Zachery
During his Pillow Lab residency, André Zachery develops "Respiration", an evening-length multimedia performance of dance, original sound and digital media inspired by the novel "The City We Became" by acclaimed Afrofuturist writer N.K. Jemisin.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep
Inside the Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep
During this Pillow Lab residency, Kwikstep and Rokafella took time to look over their choreographic body of work to extract inspiring phrases and build a new duet that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Theresa Ruth Howard
Inside the Pillow Lab: Theresa Ruth Howard
For this Pillow Lab, MoBBallet (Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet) founder Theresa Ruth Howard tapped 2021 Guggenheim Choreographic Fellow Christopher Huggins to enter a process with eight international Black dancers.