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Rude World

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith (NYC)
Rude World

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith make dances together by constructing improvisational practices into a mutual experience of performance. Seemingly conjoined at times, or forcefully in opposition – this performance is a living, breathing, thumping manifestation of a profound and raw artistic collaboration.
As highly skilled improvisers, they often discover ideas first through feeling. Their artistic intimacy allows for a crafted wildness which is then honed into a performative specificity through the necessity of a dual consensus. Rude World is the final series in a triptych of works created over the course of three years.

Choreographed and Performed by: Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Lighting Designer: Madeline Best

“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

45 minutes

Co-commissioned & Co-presented with
The Chocolate Factory Theater

Jan 7 – 6pm
Jan 8 – 5pm
Jan 9 – 7pm
Jan 10 – 5pm
Jan 11 – 3pm
Jan 12 – 4pm

The Chocolate Factory
5-49 49th Ave, Long Island City, Queens
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors


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Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been collaborating in New York since 2006. Their current work, Rude World, is their third project together over the past three years and will premiere through PS122 in the COIL 2015 Festival. Recent works include Tulip (Roulette, 2013, Judson Now at Danspace Project, 2012), and Beautiful Bone (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2012). Last year they were nominated for a 2013 New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for Emerging Choreographer and received the 2013 NYFA Fellow Finalist Award. They are currently a BAC Artist in Residence.
Molly Lieber lives in New York and dances for luciana achugar, Neil Greenberg, Maria Hassabi, Juliette Mapp, and Melinda Ring. She grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Connecticut College.
Eleanor Smith dances for Ivy Baldwin Dance and Katie Workum, and recently performed in works by Vanessa Anspaugh, Kim Brandt, Levi Gonzalez, Juliana F. May/MAYDANCE, and Molly Poerstel. Eleanor was a 2010 Fresh Tracks recipient at Dance Theater Workshop and a 2012 New York Live Arts Studio Series Artist.



Since its founding in 2005, The Chocolate Factory Theater has supported the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, performance, and multimedia. The Chocolate Factory’s programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to its 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens. The organization is currently planning for the purchase and renovation of a permanent facility in the neighborhood.
The Chocolate Factory is artist-founded and artist-led. It’s Artistic Director, Brian Rogers, continues to create and present his own work at The Chocolate Factory while providing support to a close-knit community of forward-thinking visiting artists working at all stages of their careers.
The Chocolate Factory received an Obie grant in 2009. It’s works have received Bessie and Obie Awards and have toured nationally and internationally.




The Chocolate Factory is located in Long Island City, at the first stop on both the 7 and G trains into Queens. L.I.C. is a waterfront neighborhood which in recent years has become known for its thriving arts community, and has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions (among them MOMA’s PS1, the Institute of the Moving Image, Socrates Sculpture Park, Isamu Noguchi Museum) and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City.


Rude World is co-commissioned and co-presented by PS122 and The Chocolate Factory Theater with support from the Jerome Foundation. Residency support provided by Baryshnikov Arts Center and through PS122’s inaugural RAMP Residency program with support from a 50th Anniversary Grant from the Jerome Foundation. Additional presentation support provided by Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Robbins Foundation and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Dates: Jan 7-12

Type: Dance

Premiere Status: World Premiere

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