Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith: Gloria

Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 7:30pm

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

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Gloria is an explicit testimony of women about resistance and the glory of survival. 

Gloria is a feminist work that marks the continuation of Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith’s fifteen-year choreographic partnership. Together, they use dance to break down patriarchal constructs of female degradation by directly engaging with physical objectification. Lieber and Smith portray recognizable tropes of female objectification, only to deconstruct and represent these forms to offer a different narrative, one that is sculpted by their bodies, a deeply understood femininity, and friendship. In an age of grief, Gloria is an explicit testimony of women about resistance and the glory of survival. This work features design by James Lo and Lighting Design by Thomas Dunn.

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been making dances in New York since 2006. Their process recontextualizes sexual trauma through body-based methods of abstraction, filtration through each other, imaginative landscape building, and dissociation. Works include: Body Comes Apart (New York Live Arts 2019, Documented by The New York Public Library for Performing Arts Jerome Robbins Dance Division); 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); Beautiful Bone (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2012). 

They have received a multitude of residencies and awards including  2020 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence; 2019 Baryshnikov Arts Center BACSpace Residency; 2018 Bessie Schonberg Fellows at The Yard; and 2018 DiP Residency Artists at Gibney, featured as one of Alastair Macaulay’s “Best Dance of 2017” in The New York Times for Basketball;  and 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Nominee for Emerging Choreographer.

This program will be presented in the Abrons Amphitheater. By attending this performance, you are required to respect our Community Agreements:

• Wear a mask over your mouth AND nose at all times.

• Maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others at all times.

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