Who: STREB Extreme Action Company
What: Livestreamed virtual presentation and fundraiser
Where: STREB Zoom
When: Friday, June 26, $0-$50, 7:00
Why: No other dance troupe in New York City uses space like the STREB Extreme Action Company. The Brooklyn-based company, founded in 1985 by artistic director Elizabeth Streb, uses small- and large-scale proprietary constructions to jump, run, tumble, and soar in such locations as the Park Ave. Armory (Kiss the Air!), the World Financial Center (Human Fountain), Gansevoort Plaza (Ascension), Lumberyard in the Catskills, and the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz, combining dance, gymnastics, athletics, and acrobatics in breathtaking ways. So what is such a company to do during a pandemic lockdown, with Streb and her “Action Heroes” sheltering in place?
On Friday, June 26, at 7:00, STREB goes virtual with “Action Heroes: Home Season @ Home,” a benefit fundraiser that will include classic archival footage, rarely seen pieces, and two new works choreographed specifically for Zoom, Horizon Line, which premiered last month and takes the troupe to a new, claustrophobic level, and the world premiere of Body Grammar. As always, Streb will be “pushing boundaries of what the human body can do,” with associate artistic director Cassandre Joseph, Jackie Carlson, Daniel Rysak, Tyler DuBoys, Justin Ross, Sophia Wade, Kairis Daniels, Brigitte Manga, Luciany Germán, and Matthew Keywas. If you’ve never seen Streb and her Pop Action movement vocabulary, you can watch this Ted Talk and check out Catherine Gund’s 2014 documentary, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity. Admission to “Action Heroes: Home Season @ Home” is free with advance RSVP, although donations are appreciated; if you give fifty dollars or more, you’ll be invited to the live postshow talk with Streb and the company.