American Realness

Faye Driscoll

You’re Me

FRI JAN 18 . 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 19 . 9:00 PM
SUN JAN 20 . 4:00 PM

Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

466 Grand Street

Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me considers how we are constantly made-up and un-done by each other. In this evening-length duet Driscoll probes and obfuscates the inescapable nature of relationship as the contemporary, archetypal, fantastical and personal crash into each other, bending and warping in one shrug, quarrel, or reframing of a scene. Imbued with the adrenaline of potentially dire consequences, You’re Me is a moving portrait of the impossible struggle to unhinge the palindromic loop of self and other.

With the constraint of just two performers on stage the whole time, Driscoll and performer Aaron Mattocks fight a sweaty, evocative, disturbing and deeply funny battle with the dualism they face; male/female, director/performer and performer/audience. They ask: What do you see when you see us on stage? How does our very desire to be more than we are transform us? How do our fantasies of ourselves and of each other create new possibilities for being, and yet give birth to friction, failure, and loss? You’re Me is a kind of tango with chaos and recurrence in which the performers attempt to simultaneously control and destroy the frame through which they are seen – all the while asking, “Am I getting it right?”

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 ia 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 Allesee 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.