This is not your average modern dance company. Elizabeth Streb and her eponymous Brooklyn-based company will bring their theatrical “extreme action” dance show to Purdue tonight.
STREB FORCES features “Action Hero” characters (don’t call them dancers) stretching the limits of body and gravity. Performers fly through the air, dodge spinning iron beams, fall horizontally and gracefully in formation, and walk on walls. The show is like a circus performed at the intersection of physics and theatre.
Elizabeth Streb has been called the Evel Knievel of dance. She is daring in both performance and philosophy. Her Brooklyn STREB Lab for Action Mechanics is a “beta-test for a new cultural paradigm.” It’s an open source, free as in freedom, dance studio that is a destination for creativity in its neighborhood.
Can we get this in Greater Lafayette, please?
SLAM is an open-access venue that models a new kind of artist-driven community institution. The doors of SLAM are never closed. Performances at SLAM are not stiff, class-coded, regimented affairs; they are neighborhood happenings where the company’s longtime fans from the high-art crowd mingle with the at-risk kids from the local public schools and their parents.
STREB successfully funded a Kickstarter project last fall to have an ongoing show 5 times a week, with rehearsals open free to the public. This will enable artists to “own their means of operations.” Their goal is to not depend so much on grants and theatre companies.
If that weren’t enough success, a new documentary, Born to Fly, tells Streb’s story of her theory of movement. It was chosen as an official selection in 2014 SXSW Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Elliott Hall of Music