Carolina Performing Arts will present real-life action heroes in STREB – FORCES! at 7: 30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18th, and Wednesday, March 19th, in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
According to Carolina Performing Arts:
“… STREB offers a program of finely choreographed physical feats combining daredevil antics, rapid movement, and imaginative machines. The New York Times notes that the performance ‘doesn’t so much push the boundaries of strength and endurance as it removes them.’
“The program includes ‘Fly,’ in which a dancer is harnessed into a giant spinning claw and ‘Slice,’ where dancers perform remarkable moves to avoid a spinning steel beam that descends from the ceiling. ‘Turn’ features a spinning floor, ‘Bound’ forces the performers to navigate a wall that turns into a steep hill for ‘Tumult,’ causing the cast to scramble, surf and ski across its surface. The finale, ‘Whizzing Gizmo,’ features a giant, two-ton hamster wheel. Audience members are encouraged to stand, take pictures and live tweet the performance.
“STREB has been featured on ‘ABC Nightly News,’ ‘The David Letterman Show,’ Nickelodeon, and MTV, among many others. STREB has also been seen in public spaces throughout New York and across the country, including New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the Cyclone at Coney Island, on the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution, and the company presented a series of audacious spectacles, unveiled at some of London’s most iconic landmarks during the 2012 Olympics.
“Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, MacArthur genius grant recipient Elizabeth Streb’s choreography, which she calls ‘PopAction,’ intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. The result is a bristling, muscle-and-motion vocabulary that combines daring with strict precision in pursuit of the public display of ‘pure movement.’
“FORCES is co-directed by Robert Woodruff (Dog Days, ART), with music by longtime Streb collaborator, David Van Tieghem. It features a book by Jim Lewis (Fela!) and projection design by Wendell Harrington (Grey Gardens) and Erik Pearson. Spatial Rift video design is by Aaron Henderson. Robert Wierzel (Fela!) is the lighting designer and costume design is by Andrea Lauer (Bring It On, American Idiot).”
In reviewing a previous performance of FORCES!, an enthusiastic The New York Times critic declared, “You’d have to be a little dead inside not to get a visceral thrill from sitting in front of a dancer who takes a 25-foot swan dive and lands — face first — on a mat inches from your feet.” (Click here to read the rest of that review.)
SECOND OPINION: March 13th Durham, NC Indy Week interview with Elizabeth Streb, conducted by Byron Woods: http://www.indyweek.com/artery/archives/2010/02/17/elizabeth-streb-the-independent-interview and March 12th mini-preview by Byron Woods: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/streb-forces/Event?oid=3885742.
Carolina Performing Arts presents STREB – FORCES! at 7:30 p.m. March 18 and 19 in Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27599, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
BOX OFFICE: 919-843-3333, CPAtixquestions@unc.edu, or https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/events-on-sale/.
THE TOUR: http://streb.org/V2/company/tour.html.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K5vfTO9JF8 and https://www.youtube.com/user/strebvideo.
PRESENTER: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carolina-Performing-Arts/9560250967, and https://twitter.com/UNCPerformArts.
NOTE: There will be a post-performance discussion with Elizabeth Streb.
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) (Brooklyn, NY dance company): http://streb.org/index.html (official website), https://www.facebook.com/STREBSLAM (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/STREBSLAM (Twitter page).
Elizabeth Streb (Rochester, NY-born dance, choreographer, and teacher): http://streb.org/V2/vision/elizabeth.html (official bio), https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.streb.7 (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/STREBSLAM (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Streb (Wikipedia).
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