Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

A singularly focused and avant-garde talent, Ms. Streb bends the messy rush of risk to her indomitable will.


Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. Born to Fly traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, to the sky. Guided by Streb’s theory of movement – to walk on walls, dive through glass, move so fast you disappear and…fly; the film asks: Can adrenaline be a form of medicine? When does movement become art? Why be a part of it? How do race, gender, sexuality, and class appear on the dancers’ performances, on their bodies? Wrestling with these questions, Born to Fly offers an exhilarating tale of the necessity of art, inspiring a broad audience, hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.
Documentary, Dance
Catherine Gund
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

The title's inexact, but it's catchier than the truth would be: Born to Strive and Leap and Scrape Up Against Flight. For some 40 years, Elizabeth Streb has pitted herself and her dancers not against gravity but against our earthbound ideas of dance. For Streb and her bounding troupe, gravity's no ...

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