Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Long Island City,
January 7, 2015
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2015 by Martha Sherman
The COIL Festival is PS 122’s contribution to the swirl of contemporary dance and performance art that happens every January in New York City. In this tenth annual festival, thirteen diverse works were presented at locations throughout the city. The first offering was Molly Leiber and Eleanor Smith’s “Rude World,” co-produced and shown at the Chocolate Factory. If the world is a rude one, their partnership may be the antidote.
The breathtaking intimacy of Lieber and Smith’s duet was not unexpected; it was the third of a trio of deeply sensuous works. When the expectation, though, is so clear, how do artists up-end, startle, and move viewers, as Lieber and Smith continue to do?
Eleanor Smith and Molly Lieber in “Rude World.” Photo © Maria Baranova.