Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith

gloria rehearsal (excerpt)

World Premiere commissioned by BAC
January 10-24, 2022

gloria rehearsal (excerpt) is a feminist work continuing NYC-based Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith’s fifteen-year choreographic partnership using abstract dance as a means to break down patriarchal systems of degradation. The artists position themselves as recognizable images of female objectification, only to deconstruct and reconstitute these forms through embodied movement and connection. gloria rehearsal (excerpt) is a meditation striving toward catharsis despite deep communal grief.

Choreographed and Performed by Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Sound Design by James Lo
Filmed and Edited by Tatyana Tenenbaum
Additional Camera by Colin Nusbaum

The score has been mixed for headphones/earbuds using 3D spatialization software from the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics – IEM and from the ambiX suite by Matthias Kronlachner.

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Artist Bio

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been making dances in New York since 2006. Recent works include: Gloria (Abrons Arts Center, 2021), Body Comes Apart (New York Live Arts, 2019, Documented by The New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division and remounted for Live Artery, January 2020), Basketball (PS122 and Baryshnikov Arts Center for COIL 2017), Rude World (PS122 and The Chocolate Factory Theater for COIL 2015), Tulip (Roulette, 2013; Judson Now at Danspace Project, 2012), and Beautiful Bone (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2012).

Residencies and awards: 2021 Jerome Hill Fellowship Finalists, 2021/2022 Artists in Residence at Movement Research, 2020/2021 Jerome Foundation AIRSpace Residency at Abrons Art Center, FCA Emergency Grant for Basketball 2019, 2019 BACSpace Residency at Baryshnikov Art Center, 2018 Family Residency at Mt. Tremper Arts, 2018 Bessie Schonberg Fellows at The Yard, 2018 DiP Residency Artists at Gibney, Featured as one of Alastair Macaulay's "Best Dance of 2017" in The New York Times for Basketball, 2016 LMCC Process Space Residency, 2015 Rosas Summer Studios Recipient, PS122’s 2014/2015 RAMP Artist, 2014 BACSpace Residency at Baryshnikov Art Center, 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Nomination for Emerging Choreographer, and the 2013 NYFA Fellow Finalist Award. Molly and Eleanor were Guest Artists at Connecticut College in 2015, co-taught at Sarah Lawrence in the Spring of 2018, and at The New School in Fall of 2019. Molly received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Performance, works as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and has two daughters, Ruby, 4 years, and Gloria, 10 months. Eleanor is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College.

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