MOLLY&NOLA have been making work together since 2017. They are based in Brooklyn, NY, and have performed their collaborative work in New Mexico, Philadelphia, and at a variety of theaters, galleries, music venues, and DIY spaces throughout NYC.
Nola Sporn Smith is a dance and theater artist from Brooklyn, NY. Nola was nominated for a 2019 “Bessie” Outstanding Performer Award for her work in Stacy Grossfield’s ‘metamorphosis.’ In addition to collaborating with Molly, Nola has also worked with cakeface, Eryka Dellenbach, Emily Smith, and Donna Uchizono Company.
Originally from Michigan, Molly Ross now lives in Brooklyn. She loves collaborating with Jo McKendry, Gwendolyn Knapp, Austin Selden, The Dance Cartel, and Nola in NYC. She previously danced for Khecari and Hedwig Dances in Chicago, IL.
“getaway is a 15-minute duet that uses absurd dialogue, intimate partnering, and washes of nuanced unison to investigate ambiguity as a form. We strive to disarm the conditions of perception as we allow inner manifestations of desire and gender play to emerge. Throughout the structure of this work our identities remain vague and unclear, leaving the viewer to draw their own conclusions as we sift through the humiliation, queerness, and fantasy of our undefined relationship. Our figures orbit each other in a period of kaleidoscopic patterns before delving into awkward yet demanding partnering sections and blurred text. By the end of the piece we have become literally entwined together- our bodies writhing into something gelatinous and unnamable.”
Footage by Joanna Warren
Our process of collaboration feels like a ceaseless and dizzying loop, with each original work spilling over into the course of creating the next. Our research transforms as we continuously reframe our inquiries and embed them within new layers of character play, abstracted narratives, and bad pop music.
Footage by Gillian Jakab
Footage by MOLLY&NOLA
Footage by Dana BuhlBack to 2020 Performance Mix Festival