- Friday, September 17 | 12:30-1:30 PM and 6:00-7:00 PM
- Saturday, September 18 | 12:30-1:30 PM and 6:00-7:00 PM
- Sunday, September 19 | 12:30-1:30 PM
The STREB Extreme Action Company comes to Manhattan West with a series of stunning, jaw-dropping performances featuring a brand-new piece commissioned by Arts Brookfield, titled KALEIDOSCOPE, as well as two works premiering publicly in the U.S. for the first time, PLATESHIFT and MOLINETTE. Founded in New York City in 1985 by choreographer Elizabeth Streb, STREB EXTREME ACTION combines virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted popular appeal. The company has traveled—artistically as well as geographically—from the heights of the experimental dance world to the cutting-edge of popular entertainment. Streb’s choreography confronts gravity, rotational force, acceleration, and essential notions of time, highlighting the agility and athleticism of the performers – deemed “action heroes.”
Free Kid PopAction Classes will precede Sunday’s performance at 9AM & 10AM. Learn more and register for these classes HERE.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
- MOLINETTE : Elizabeth Streb’s gasp-inducing MOLINETTE utilizes a unique Action Machine designed by longtime STREB collaborator Noe España. A trio of action heroes, feet affixed to a 20’ high horizontal swivel pipe, fall unbelievably forwards and backwards—whipping through space before returning to a standing upright position again. This piece was commissioned for the historic re-opening of Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in September 2019.
- ADD : A cross taped to the floor—exactly as wide and as long as a body—serves as a flat, exact, body boundary within which possibilities of action are explored. To veer outside of it would be a criminal act for the solo dancer. Originally choreographed and performed by Elizabeth Streb in 1983 at White Dog Studio.
- PLATESHIFT : Six action heroes navigate one of Elizabeth Streb’s newest Action Machine inventions—a sprung floor with two circular areas that can each rotate in different directions at varying speeds. The action heros, who are spun around with dizzying speed—contorting into matrix-like positions to hold their ground or sent into a mad sprint to maintain their place in space—and thrust flying into the air from the centrifugal force, narrowly avoiding each other. Commissioned for the opening of the 2019 Bloomberg Global Business Forum.
- KALEIDOSCOPE : Commissioned by Arts Brookfield for Manhattan West to premiere September 2021, Elizabeth Streb’s ambitious new octet features an Action Machine originally built to prepare the company for their performance at the London 2012 Olympics on the London Eye. The machine, affectionately known as “LERU”—the London Eye Rehearsal Unit—is a solid steel circle, 24 feet in diameter. As it rotates 24 times, the eight action heroes, who are each affixed to the center of a spoke, navigate their ever-revolving relationship to gravity, while sharing a “force field” with a partner directly opposite them. By seeing how the action heroes “ride the gravitational bull” in different location zones, the audience simultaneously recognizes and is surprised by the ever-changing forces at work on these bodies.
ABOUT STREB EXTREME ACTION:
For over forty years, STREB has performed in theaters large and small, served as artists-in-residence at the world’s top art museums, and taken its work into the streets and sports stadiums. The company’s extensive international touring calendar has included presentations at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Musée D’Orsay, Lincoln Center Festival, the Park Avenue Armory, the Fall for Dance Festival, Walker Art Center, Los Angeles MOCA, the Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals, among many other locations around the globe. The company has received commissions to perform publicly at the 2012 London Olympic Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Whitney Museum of American Art groundbreaking, the Pan Am Games Arts Festival in Toronto, and the 2004 Cirque du Soleil 20th anniversary celebration performed in front of 250,000 people on the streets of Montreal. The company has also taken their signature extreme action to iconic locations including Grand Central Station, Coney Island’s fairground, the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Madison Square Garden, the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution, the Minneapolis Metrodome, and more. In January 2003, STREB moved into a vacant former loading facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, transforming it into the STREB LAB FOR ACTION MECHANICS (SLAM) which now serves as the home of STREB EXTREME ACTION, the STREB PopAction School and the España-STREB Trapeze Academy. As a performance and presenting venue and an open access education and rehearsal space, SLAM creates community through interaction and experimentation. STREB’s 2021 Restart is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. More information at streb.org.
LOCATION: To get to Manhattan West Plaza, either #1) enter on 9th Avenue, between 31st and 33rd Streets, past Citrovia (look for lemons) or #2) enter on 33rd Street, on the south side, midway between 9th and 10th Avenues. (See map below.)
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