What is STREB EXTREME ACTION?
“My investigation of movement has led me to choices which vary from traditional norms. My dancers and I see the rehearsal as a laboratory for testing scientific principles on the body. We invent action ideas which we think are archetypal, noticeable, understandable. The outcome is a mixture of slam dancing, exquisite and amazing human flight and a wild action sport which captures kids, older people and the general public’s hearts and minds and bodies.”
STREB Extreme Action Company History
Founded in 1985, STREB tours extensively throughout the United States and internationally presenting performances and residencies and conducts year-round activity at its home studio/laboratory, the STREB LAB for ACTION MECHANICS (S.L.A.M.), located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
STREB opened S.L.A.M. in January 2003. Housed in a former warehouse, S.L.A.M. is the company’s creative and educational center where new productions are mounted, classes for children and adults are taught in the POP ACTION School and all company activities—rehearsals, demonstrations, workshops—are open to the public.
The STREB Extreme Action Company is committed to presenting its work in traditional and non-traditional venues and has been seen in public spaces throughout New York and across the country in such venues as Vanderbilt Hall in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center in New York, in front of the Cyclone at Coney Island, on the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution, during a Minneapolis Twins and New York Yankees game at the Minnesota Metrodome, in the Anchorage under the Brooklyn Bridge, during intermission of the International Squash Tournament finals and at the State of Illinois Center in Chicago.
The company has received numerous awards including annual support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the NY City Department of Cultural Affairs. Throughout its history, STREB has been widely recognized by the philanthropic community and has received major support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Carnegie Corporation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Irvine Foundation, the New York Community Trust/Wallace Funds, Target, Chase and Philip Morris, to name a few. Over the years, several company dancers have been honored with Bessie New York Dance and Performance Awards.
STREB has been seen on the David Letterman Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Showbiz Today, Nickolodeon, NBC’s Weekend Today, MTV, ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings and on Larry King Live.