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COIL 2017 Festival: "Basketball" by Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith (NYC)
Dance | World Premiere
Commissioned by Performance Space 122
Copresented with Baryshnikov Arts Center
Baryshnikov Arts Center, Howard Gilman Performance Space, 450 West 37th Street in Manhattan
Jan 7 & 8 at 7pm, Jan 8 & 9 at 4pm, Jan 10 at 7pm
“These women are tied together. One would carry the other across a desert, it seems, if they didn’t kill each other first.” Brian Seibert, The New York Times
Basketball reinvents past shames as colorful, sculptural and textural expressions. Engulfing one another with fully embodied presence, Lieber and Smith move backward and forward through time and space in a dreamlike reimagining of personal histories. Improvisation acts as an empowerment of physicality and emotionality, viscerally felt as you observe the intimate, raw nature of their bodies in space.
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been making experimental dances together in New York since 2006. Their work is unique in that it is an equal collaboration between the two choreographers, always within the duet form, always performed by Molly and Eleanor. Their most recent work Rude World, was their third project together over the past three years and premiered through PS122 and The Chocolate Factory Theater in PS122’s Coil 2015 Festival. Their work is recognized by the tension of a powerful yet submerged inner world, cultivated through a brave and continuous study of duet improvisation. Recent works include Tulip (Roulette, 2013, Judson Now at Danspace Project, 2012), and Beautiful Bone (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2012). They were a 2015 Rosas Summer Studios Residency Artist, were among the inaugural season of PS122’s 2014/2015 Ramp Residency artists, a 2014 Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) Artist in Residence, were nominated for a 2013 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for Emerging Choreographer, and received the 2013 NYFA Fellow Finalist Award. Molly and Eleanor had the pleasure of being Guest Artists in Residence at Connecticut College in September 2015.
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