March 28, 2018 (Becket, MA) — Faye Driscoll, hailed as “a postmillenium postmodern wild woman” (Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice) for her work that is a “tour de force of performance and direction” (Brian Seibert, The New York Times), receives the 12th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. The Bessie Award-winning choreographer, director, and alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow joins a group of honorees that includes Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater, Kyle Abraham of Abraham.in.Motion, Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance, Camille A. Brown of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and Liz Lerman of Dance Exchange. The Award will be formally presented as part of the Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala on June 16, 2018 followed by the presentation of Driscoll’s work at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the second consecutive summer, August 1–5.
“Faye Driscoll is an artist/philosopher who is asking important questions: what does performance tell us about participation and about our responsibility to engage? She is keenly aware that the moment of performance is only made by the presence of both performer and audience member, and she is interested in the highly charged space that forms between them. She’s consistently interrogating what it means to be human and all the ways we put on personas in our lives. She’s unafraid to take risks, to ask questions we may not want to ask, and it’s the purity of that quest that I so admire. We are also so proud that she is an alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.
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