Zero Station — Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith

From the 2021 performance entitled, Gloria. Photo by Maria Baranova
From the 2021 performance entitled, Gloria. Photo by Maria Baranova

Zero Station
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith

June 12, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Flamboyan Theater, The Clemente
RSVPs recommended

All events in the River To River Festival are free and all are welcome

Zero Station works out shame, citing a felt understanding as part of the experience of abjection. Confronting hypersexualization as the limp white feminine byproduct of capitalism, we present movements derived from pregnancy, lactation, mental illness, physical illness, surgery, and aging, and then segment, otherize, and disappear these forms in trash. Through trauma we are greatly affected, and our capacity to be affected, to understand how we may affect one another, is heightened. Within this gained fluidity is potential to think beyond ourselves.

Choreography and Performance by Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith.

Presented in partnership with The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center.

Supported by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

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Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith have collaborated somatically since 2006 to create feminist statements that strive to break down heteropatriarchal racism and sexism through abstract dances that denounce the hypersexualization of the white ciswoman and speak out through her. Our non-hierarchical methodology processes content by filtering information between us; feelings are recognized and recreated physically through energetic transference and psychoanalytically through communication and mirroring. Practices of reciprocal recognition combat shame, reverse the subordinating impact of rape, and work in conjunction with comrade feminist scholars and artists to disarm neoliberal capitalism’s upholding of the race and gender binary system. Our 7 collaborations premiered in NYC where we are committed to building sustainability for artists and directly serving marginalized families through lactation work, reproductive justice, and somatic improvisation workshops. 

Profoundly attached to the world of dance since its origins, the High Jewelry Maison strengthens its commitment with Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Guided by the values of creation, transmission and education, this initiative aims to support artists and institutions in presenting choreographic heritage, while also promoting new productions.

Since its launch in 2020, it has promoted numerous dance companies for their creations as well as the presentation of multiple performances around the world.

The program is complemented each year by major events, including the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, whose first edition took place in London in March 2022.

This support further extends to awareness-raising actions focused on dance culture for the broadest possible audience, professionals and amateurs alike.