About the show:
STREB VS GRAVITY tells the stories of the natural laws that rule our world: acceleration, momentum, velocity, mass, speed. These are the implementers of action. A body in motion is never alone. These invisible partners in action keep it up, drag it down, propel it forward, stop it short. STREB VS GRAVITY puts those invisible action partners center stage.
In this show, STREB materializes the unseen, ever-present air-traffic controllers of our world. This is action magic for the masses. How does a body suspend itself in the air with no visible means of support? What does weight have to do with flight? If each and every action produces an equal and opposite reaction, what happens to a mass with momentum when it hits an immovable surface? These are some of the questions STREB’s new show asks and answers. STREB VS GRAVITY stars STREB’s human movement maestros, their invisible action partners, and a new generation of one-of-a kind contraptions never before seen on stage.
Nowhere on earth will hardware, humans, extreme action and true grit combine in such an outrageous, explosive and shocking way. Cirque du Soleil meets Jackass. And it’s great for kids.
“By exploring the frontiers of performance space, and creating works that reflect the spirit of our technological age, Ms. Streb is carrying dance into a new dimension.”
- The New York Times
Elizabeth Streb: Action Architect/Choreographer
Michael Casseli: Set Design
Laura Flanders: Librettist
Aaron Henderson: Projection Design
Shelly Sabel: Lighting Designer
Maxim Safioulline: Sound Designer
Justin D’Apolito: Technical Director
Terry Dean Bartlett
July 12-15, 2006. La Guardia Drama Theater, Lincoln Center Festival, New York, NY
The Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (Park City, UT), Walton Art Center (Fayetteville, AR), The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington, MA), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT), FirstWorks Providence (Providence, RI), Williams Center for the Arts (Lafayette College), International Festival of Art & Ideas (New Haven, CT), Jackie Gleason Theater (Miami Beach, FL), Kravis Center (West Palm Beach, FL), Proctors Theatre (Schenectady, NY), Napa Opera House (Napa, CA), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA), Britt Festival (Jacksonville, OR)
Commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival with support from the Ford Foundation and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation