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STREB Extreme Action Company


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00pm
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 12:00pm daily through January 3, 2021
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 12:00pm daily through January 24, 2021



STREB Extreme Action Company




This fall, the STREB Extreme Action Company will present a varied virtual season highlighting the breadth of the company’s repertory featuring Elizabeth Streb’s signature choreographed feats of physicality, scientifically planned chaos, strength, risk, and elegance.

Often called the Evel Knievel of dance, founding Artistic Director Elizabeth Streb and her STREB Extreme Action Company have been thrilling and terrifying audiences around the world for over forty years. This fall, they push further into the virtual realm as they present—in collaboration with WNET’s ALL ARTS/PEAK HD, Connecticut College, and The Joyce—opportunities for audiences to view and interact with three distinct programs: the symphonic FALLING & LOVING, the epic MASSIVE ROTATIONS, and the poetically simple DANGER: EVERYDAY OBJECTS.

Co-directed by Anne Bogart and Elizabeth Streb, adapted from the plays of Charles Mee, and created and performed by SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action, FALLING & LOVING launched the ALL ARTS/Peak HD programming on October 11, 2020 and is now available for viewing online. Connecticut College will present a “Multimedia Public Artist Talk with Q&A” on November 18, at 12 pm featuring Bogart, Streb and artists from the SITI and STREB companies. ASL interpretation will be provided. The production, which premiered at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in September 2019, features six actors from Bogart’s company and six of Streb’s action heroes who storm the stage and launch into the air with the aid of a GUCK Machine - an enormous contraption conceived by Streb that features rotating rings and buckets armed to continually release materials into the stratosphere. 

From December 7, 2020 through January 3, 2021, the company “returns” to The Joyce for the first time since 2002 with MASSIVE ROTATIONS. An integral partner in STREB’s history, The Joyce was STREB’s regular presenting “home” throughout the 1990s. The Joyce, whose season will be taking place virtually this year via its JoyceStream programming, will present MASSIVE ROTATIONS, a celebration of the large-scale, intricately designed and engineered action machines STREB has since become known for, including MOLINETTE and PLATESHIFT (2019),  ASCENSION (2011), ROCKET/GIZMO (2010) and REVOLUTION (2006). An associated artist talk featuring Elizabeth Streb will be available on the JoyceStream beginning Thursday, December 10.

And finally, STREB will self-present their own virtual home season with a program featuring a showcase of stripped down quotidian objects as action hardware. Everyday objects you might see on a construction site, and that make up the building blocks of our lived environment, have long been the subject of Streb’s obsessive action invention. From dirt, glass, plywood and two-by-fours, to concrete blocks, I-beams, truck straps, buckets and ladders, Streb has transformed these objects to foment complex extreme action choreography over the years. With a libretto written by Laura Flanders, DANGER: EVERYDAY OBJECTS, weaves together a poetic look at the everyday building objects we all live within. The performance link will be made available by registration on a sliding scale. A virtual conversation with Elizabeth Streb, moderated by Laura Flanders will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 15 at 7 pm. 





Ongoing, Free: https://allarts.org/programs/peak-hd/

November 18, 2020, 12 pm - Artist Talk, Free, registration required.

Information: https://www.conncoll.edu/arts-culture/onstage-at-connecticut-college/guest-artist-series/ 

Registration: https://conncoll-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vdO-opzwuGt0hs5sAEWNllq8bw-FlF-Ng 



December 7, 2020-January 3, 2021

Artist Talk available beginning Thursday, December 10




December 11, 2020-January 24, 2021

Sliding scale from $0, registration required

Artist Talk: Elizabeth Streb in Conversation with Laura Flanders

Dec 15, 2020, 7 pm, included with $50 ticket, registration required



About STREB Extreme Action Company

For forty years, STREB has performed in theaters large and small, served as artists-in-residence at the world’s top art museums, and taken its work into the streets and sports stadiums. The company’s extensive international touring calendar has included presentations at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Musée D’Orsay, Greece’s Summer Nostos Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Lincoln Center Festival, the Park Avenue Armory, the Fall for Dance Festival, Wolf Trap Foundation, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles MOCA, the Wexner Center, Spoleto USA, the River-to-River Festival, the Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals and in Chile, Singapore and Taiwan. The company has received commissions to perform publicly at the 2012 London Olympic Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Whitney Museum of American Arts groundbreaking, the Pan Am Games Arts Festival in Toronto, and the 2004 Cirque du Soleil 20th anniversary celebration performed in front of 250,000 people on the streets of Montreal. The company has also taken their signature extreme action to iconic locations including Grand Central Station, Coney Island’s fairground, the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Madison Square Garden, the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution and more.

In January 2003, STREB moved into a vacant former loading facility and transformed 51 North 1st Street into the STREB LAB FOR ACTION MECHANICS (SLAM). In 2007, STREB purchased SLAM with unprecedented support for building acquisition from the New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, City Council, Mayor’s Office and Brooklyn Borough President’s Office ensuring its future as the home of STREB EXTREME ACTION, the STREB PopAction School and the Espana/STREB Trapeze Academy. As a performance and presenting venue and an open access education and rehearsal space, SLAM creates community through interaction and experimentation. 


Photo: Streb.org

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