Joanna Kotze, Photo Stephanie Berger; Lieber & Smith, Photo Maria Baranova-Suzuki; Anna Sperber, Photo Ian Douglas 

the schonberg fellows

The Bessie Schonberg Choreography Residency 

Joanna Kotze ‘lectric eye
Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith Body Comes Apart
Anna Sperber Again the Wolves

Thursday June 7th 7:00 pm
Saturday June 9th 7:00 pm
Location: The Yard Nanon Theater

$25 Adult
$15 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter and Membership discounts apply

The Schonberg Fellows are  Yard Offshore Creation Residency Artists

Joanna Kotze

Photo Carolyn Silverman

Photo Carolyn Silverman

'lectric eye is a collaboration with dancers Molly Heller and Maya Lee-Parritz and composer Ryan Seaton, ‘lectric eye explores the fragility and inauthenticity of identity, challenging the perception of self - who we think we are and who we can become - while confronting emotional, physical and societal barriers.

Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith

Photo Maria Baranova-Suzuki

Photo Maria Baranova-Suzuki

Shower Show is a declaration of love, commitment, catharsis, and rage. Continuing our 10 year challenge of making work based in abstraction but in response to trauma, Body Comes Apart uses the potentialities of our bodies to challenge perceptions of female identity and understand the multiplicity of joy, pain, and suffering.

Anna Sperber

Again the Wolves will explore ideas of reclamation within female embodiment. Guided by the idea that seeing and being seen are reciprocal sources of strength, the piece will explore themes of empowerment and agency through an intensification of presence in both performers and audience.

Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher who received the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Her choreography has been presented at New York Live Arts, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Velocity Dance Center, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, American

Dance Institute, Danspace Project, Bard College, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, NYLA Studio Series, DNA, MR at Judson, Roulette, and other venues and galleries. She has created new works on Toronto Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury, Zenon Dance, James Sewell Ballet and Gibney Dance. Joanna has had residencies at Movement Research, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), The Camargo Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi, The Bogliasco Foundation, Marble House, Bennington College, Milvus Artistic Research Center, Mt. Tremper Arts, Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts and the 92nd Street Y. She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000- 2010 and currently dances with Kimberly Bartosik and Kota Yamazaki. Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance in NYC and has taught at NYU’s Tisch, The New School, Barnard, Purchase, Long Island University, Ailey/Fordham, Southern Utah University, Miami University (OH), Ohio University, Salt Dance Fest, and ADF. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.

Focused on the bodily desire to heal oneself in connection with others, Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith work from the inside, as performers, and the outside, as choreographers. Centering themselves within our their work, they use the potentialities of their bodies to challenge perceptions of female identity, alongside the vulnerability necessary to trust and support each other.

Molly Lieber recently performed in works by luciana achugar, Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, Keely Garfield, Neil Greenberg, Maria Hassabi, Melinda Ring, and Donna Uchizono. She received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her body of work as a performer and was featured in Dance Magazine’s March 2016 issue on New York’s freelance dancers. She teaches at Movement Research and Gibney Dance Center. Prior to dancing, Molly taught high school Special Education at P371K in Brooklyn.

Eleanor Smith is a choreographer and freelance dancer living in Brooklyn. She currently dances for Ivy Baldwin Dance, Molly Poerstel, and Katie Workum. Eleanor has performed in works by Vanessa Anspaugh, Anna Azrieli, Kim Brandt, Levi Gonzalez, Juliana F. May, Molly Poerstel, and robbinschilds. She was a 2010 Fresh Tracks artist at Dance Theater Workshop and a 2012 Studio Series artist at New York Live Arts. Eleanor has curatorial experience through the 2011 Fresh Tracks Selection Committee and as a member of the team for the Movement Research Festival Spring 2016.

Anna Sperber is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer. Her work has been described by The New York Times as “compelling,” with “moments of theatrical magic” and “a tension between formality and chaotic wildness.” Sperber’s work has been presented and commissioned by The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater’s UNLEASHED Series at New York Live Arts, Gibney Dance, The Chocolate Factory, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, as well as by the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC.

The Schonberg Fellows annual residency is made possible by support from the Jerome A. and Estelle R. Newman Assistance Fund.