Baryshnikov Arts Center

Past Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center + Performance Space 122 Present

Molly Lieber + Eleanor Smith

Basketball (World Premiere)
Jan 7-10, 2017 | Howard Gilman Performance Space

“These women are tied together. One would carry the other across a desert, it seems, if they didn’t kill each other first.” - 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 through observing the intimate, raw nature of their bodies in space.

Co-presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and PS122 as part of COIL 2017 Festival.

Artist Bio
Molly Lieber + Eleanor Smith

Molly Lieber + Eleanor Smith

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been making experimental dances 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 Lieber and Smith. 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 the 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. Lieber and Smith were Guest Artists in Residence at Connecticut College in September 2015.

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