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STREB Extreme Action

STREB Extreme Action: SEA

Friday, November 4, 2016 - Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Contemporary Dance

This thrilling and death-defying company has "a daring… performance style that borrows from dance, extreme sports, and Hollywood-style stunt work" (The New York Times). SEA is a gripping work that speaks to the "action hero" in all of us.

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Elizabeth Streb, Artistic Director
SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)
Choreography by Elizabeth Streb

Kennedy Center Debut
"Danger and beauty hang in the air." 
--The New York Times

Streb is "an alchemist, concocting a potent brew of dance, gymnastics, and physics that transforms these elements into an exhilarating evening of movement."
--The Boston Globe

Elizabeth Streb's SEA is a thrilling and death-defying work in which daredevil performers interact with mechanics and hardware specifically created for the show. The edge-of-your-seat motion is a spectacle of adrenaline as STREB's action heroes redefine physics with unique "PopAction" choreography that intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus, and stunt work. The result is pure daring combined with the strictest precision. The SEA experience includes an interactive soundtrack where audience members will have the opportunity to contribute to the performance's playlist by Zaire Baptiste and local DJ BEATrix--making each show audibly unique.
STREB Extreme Action combines virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted popular appeal. Founded in New York City more than 30 years ago by MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner Elizabeth Streb, the company has traveled, artistically as well as geographically, from the soaring heights of experimental dance to the cutting-edge of popular entertainment. In 2012, STREB was invited to participate in a festival as part of the London Olympics, performing unique events incorporating major London landmarks, all culminating with a high-flying performance on The London Eye. 

Performance Timing: Act I - 38 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 35 min. 
A short Meet & Greet with the company follows each performance.
Nov. 4: The Meet & Greet is preceded by a free Post-Performance Discussion.

Watch and Listen

STREB Extreme Action: SEA