Streb: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero (Paperback)

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Elizabeth Streb has been testing the potential of the human body since childhood. Can she fly? Can she run up walls? Can she break through glass? How fast can she go? With clarity and humor--and with a world-class dance troupe called STREB--she continues to investigate what real movement is and has come to these conclusions: It's off the ground It creates impact It hurts trying to stop it In this pathbreaking book, Streb combines memoir and analysis to convey how she became an extreme action dancer/choreographer, developing a form of movement that's more NASCAR than modern dance; more boxing than ballet.

Called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. She founded STREB in 1985, which performs internationally in theaters, museums, and town squares. She established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in 2003, a factory space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which produces a cottage industry of extreme action performances and invites everyday people to wonder about movement, gravity, and flight.

About the Author


Called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. She founded STREB in 1985, which performs internationally in theaters, museums, and town squares. She established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in 2003, a factory space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which produces a cottage industry of extreme action performances and invites everyday people to wonder about movement, gravity, and flight.

Praise For…


"Fearlessness and intelligence combinedthat is what makes Elizabeth Streb's work so potent and beautiful."Mikhail Baryshnikov

"[Streb]has long been a pioneer in blending gymnastics, dance, acrobatics and sheer daredevil insanity, and many have seen her work as an exhibition of pure dance energy."New York Times

"Streb is a glorious acrobatic adventure."The Guardian

"Streb cooks up a vibrant stew that's part circus, part sporting event, part theater, part student recital, and part scrupulous time-motion-energy investigation. The neighborhood sniffs the aroma and crowds in the door."Village Voice

"Ah, finally an artist who is not afraid of handling live eels, confronting an army of rats or diving head first through a panel of glass! Elizabeth Streb also recalls carrying enormous pails of water back and forth from a river when she was 10, riding her first motorcycle at age 15, and how at 18 she once held a sheet-rock panel above her head for an entire afternoon waiting for a never-returning carpenter! In this inspiring and passionate book, ultra-tenacious Elizabeth shares with the reader some of her surrealist goals: leaving a room through the walls; never landing after jumping; and moving so fast that you stand still…Wow!"—Philippe Petit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781558616561
ISBN-10: 155861656X
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: April 2010
Pages: 144
Language: English