Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

The new documentary Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity.

Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company is to American Ballet Theater as Spider-Man is to a National Geographic special on arachnids. Working out of an industrial building in Williamsburg, her troupe hones dangerous, mind-boggling feats: hybrids of dance, acrobatics, performance art, theater of cruelty, and maybe just plain cruelty. The spiky-haired Streb, outfitted in motorcycle boots and de rigueur black everything, is a surprisingly gamine woman whose charisma is as palpable as the affection and compassion she affords her dancers. Catherine Gund’s exhilarating documentary records Streb’s latest forays into gravity-defying actions as well as wonderful archival footage that records her early decades of work, leading up to the MacArthur “genius” grant she received in 1997. Two of many jaw-dropping spectacles that punctuate the movie: Streb dancers bungee-jumping off London’s Millennium Bridge and dangling fearlessly from the London Eye. Streb earns her reputation as the Evel Knievel of Dance.

“A portrait of a maverick artistic sensibility. Routines that sometimes suggest a meeting of Busby Berkeley and Looney Tunes violence… makes for jaw-dropping viewing.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
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Showtimes

Monday 10/20/14