Elizabeth Streb has been pushing definitions of dance, circus, gymnastics, risk, and possibility since the beginning of her career, in addition to constantly exercising her personal fascination with physical limitations and opportunities. She calls her choreographic technique “POPACTION.” In her work, Streb explores the limits of space and physics in relation to the human body, testing all possibilities for movement within a given set of physical challenges. Her company, STREB, creates pieces that test the body against gravity, sending dancers from the tops of twenty-foot platforms or flying through the air on manpowered machines; for this reason, Streb calls her dancers “extreme action heroes.” Amongst many awards and recognitions, Streb has been the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Bessie Awards, a Doris Duke Artist Award, and over thirty years of support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Streb is based in Brooklyn, New York, where she holds open rehearsals and movement experiments in her Williamsburg garage. She began to perform her dance works at The Kitchen in the 1980's. For more information, please visit: http://www.streb.org/

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