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Gravity’s Nemesis

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Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Last weekend, I came across an article about the 2014 documentary, “Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity.” The subject of the doc, Elizabeth Streb, has been referred to as the Evil Knievel of Dance. She is a world-acclaimed modern dancer and choreographer best known for her brutal, energetic style. She is the founder of the company STREB/ Ringside, and her dancers fling themselves through space and (inevitably) into solid objects, but while it sounds like a series of sight gags, it’s actually quite moving and joyous and oddly life affirming. She attributes her athletic, violent style of dance to the fact that she grew up participating in extreme sports and interested in the more dangerous circus acts. Her through-lines are gravity and flight, and she’s a complete nutter. I’m so grateful to live in a world where such inspired nuts can find their way to shine.

Nothing I can say can prepare you for the controlled violence of Streb’s choreography, so how about I shut up and show, not tell? And if you’re interested, she makes all her rehearsals open to the public, so you can go watch the magic happen, warts, bruises and all! They’re at STREB LABORATORY for ACTION MECHANICS (SLAM), 51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “Gravity’s Nemesis

  1. Thanks for this post. I did not knew about this woman. Exploring the human body limits trough art.. Here we have” La Fura des Bau”s doing amazing weirds since 1979.. but they are more.. bizarre … http://www.lafura.com/

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  2. Almost as energizing as my morning coffee. The creativity amazes me, who could imagine the devices used in the production? Definitely a dance for the able bodied.

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  3. OK, this has nothing to do with this post but I received my Etsy email this morning, entitled “Simply the Best.” Donna, make it stop. Tie up gladiator sandals “Penny Lane” (made to order). Think gladiator with multi-colored pompoms randomly stuck on them. Oh, yeah….

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  4. A friend of mine is one of the dancers in STREB – they are incredible, for the London Olympics they were commissioned to perform on some of the iconic landmarks http://olympics.time.com/2012/07/15/daredevil-dancers-perform-at-londons-cultural-olympiad-festival/

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